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Elite London Met Police Investigated for Corruption

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Elite London Met Police Investigated for Corruption

Post by Verdi on 22.07.18 12:45

Elite London Met police investigated for corruption



Tom Harper, Home Affairs Correspondent - 22nd July 2018

Scotland Yard is embroiled in the largest police corruption inquiry for 40 years, with 14 officers under investigation for “serious corruption and malpractice” by the police watchdog.

One of the most senior police chiefs in the country has been caught up in the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation, which is examining allegations that the Metropolitan police’s anti-corruption command secretly covers up misconduct rather than investigating it.

Three Met whistleblowers have approached the IOPC to allege that the unit, known as the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS), has shielded police officers who faced allegations of child abuse, grooming, fraud, physical assault, racism — and, in the case of one police officer, intentionally driving a motorcycle into a member of the public.

Senior Met sources said the DPS had long been suspected of covering up corruption in an attempt to protect colleagues and prevent reputational damage to the force.


The investigation, codenamed Operation Embley, will attempt to bring successful prosecutions in the murkiest area of policing, popularised in the BBC drama Line of Duty.

One of Britain’s highest-profile police chiefs is understood to be under investigation after he was accused of malpractice for improperly interfering in an investigation into bullying. The officer told The Sunday Times that he was not aware that he was under investigation.


This weekend Jonathan Green, an IOPC director, told The Sunday Times: “I can confirm we have begun an investigation into allegations of serious corruption and malpractice within the Directorate of Professional Standards of the Metropolitan police.

“The investigation includes alleged interference in, and curtailment of, investigations by potentially conflicted senior officers, failure to investigate allegations of wrongdoing, systemic removal of the restrictions of officers under investigation and racial discrimination.

“As part of this investigation three officers have been served with gross misconduct notices and one of those officers is also under criminal investigation. Assessments on the status of a number of other officers remains ongoing.”

A senior IOPC source said the “scale and scope” of Operation Embley was “unprecedented”.

A second policing source said it was the largest police corruption inquiry since Operation Countryman in the late 1970s, established by Sir Robert Mark, then commissioner, who said that his aim was to ensure the Met “catches more crooks than it employs”.

One senior officer in the anti-corruption unit is understood to be under investigation for perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office. Another senior member of the squad — who has boasted of being an “ethical leader” whose “values set standards” across the Met — has already been told that he faces gross misconduct proceedings.

Operation Embley will be a crucial test of the IOPC’s willingness to confront police corruption. Under its previous incarnation as the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the watchdog, which employs many of the corruption unit’s former officers as investigators, was repeatedly criticised for a lack of independence.

However, police forces have become increasingly frustrated at what they perceive to be a more aggressive approach from the IOPC, which was created in January. Michael Lockwood, the former chief executive of Harrow council, is its first director-general.

The news that several senior Met officers are under investigation adds to the sense of siege at Scotland Yard. Cressida Dick, the Met commissioner, is grappling with a soaring violent crime wave, swingeing budget cuts and a crippling shortage of elite detectives.

Last night, the Met said it was “fully co-operating” with the IOPC investigation.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/elite-london-met-police-investigated-for-corruption-w099sxgxf

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Re: Elite London Met Police Investigated for Corruption

Post by sharonl on 22.07.18 15:32

@Verdi wrote:Cressida Dick, the Met commissioner, is grappling with a soaring violent crime wave, swingeing budget cuts and a crippling shortage of elite detectives.
So why then, is there an ongoing investigation, taking up police time and public funds, to assist the prime suspects in a missing child case when the police cannot even question the suspects but have to follow their version of events that don't even stack up?

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Elite Metropolitan Pplice under investigation for Corruption-Never?

Post by willowthewisp on 22.07.18 16:18

@sharonl wrote:
@Verdi wrote:Cressida Dick, the Met commissioner, is grappling with a soaring violent crime wave, swingeing budget cuts and a crippling shortage of elite detectives.
So why then, is there an ongoing investigation, taking up police time and public funds, to  assist the prime suspects in a missing child case when the police cannot even question the suspects but have to follow their version of events that don't even stack up?
Hi sharon,it isn't all about Operation Grange and the very strange-Remit, Abduction!

You would have thought that after fifty to sixty years of Investigations into "Corrupt Police Officers",they would be as clean as could be expected!
But No, the Directorate of Public Standards,is as bent and corrupt,possibly garnishing how to defuse investigations,like destroying reams of evidence held in " Safe Custody in Police Control Units",just like they have done many times before?

Which begs a question,How can Evidence by the Police be trusted on grounds of " Perverting the Course of Justice" September Crown Court Trail,when this is what there Elite Metropolitan Police Service is under Investigation for by the IOPC?

The BBC have just learnt how South Yorkshire Police operate alongside the Metropolitan Police Service,Operation Yewtree,that South Yorkshire Police stated they were Not investigating to Dan Johnson,when they had been in control of that investigation for a Month,with a prior investigation held by the Met Police for Seven months,so the BBC were stitched up by the Police,revealing Cliff Richards Address,Article 8/6 Human rights Act broke by the Police.aka richard Henricques evidence to sir Bernard Hogan Howe,Operation Midland?
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