Met Police chief admits there are 100 officers in the force who can't be trusted to speak to the public

24 November 2022, 09:51 | Updated: 24 November 2022, 09:58

Sir Mark Rowley admitted around 100 officers could not be trusted to speak to the public
Sir Mark Rowley admitted around 100 officers could not be trusted to speak to the public. Picture: Alamy

By Asher McShane

The head of the Metropolitan Police has revealed there are around 100 officers still employed by the force who cannot be 'trusted' to speak to members of the public.

Met Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said the officers are working under "very restrictive" conditions because "frankly we don't trust them to talk to members of the public".

He also said there are more than 500 Met officers who are either suspended or on restricted duties because of misconduct allegations.

Asked whether he was able to fire any of those officers, he replied: “We’re looking at whether we’ve got any new legal levers, but on the conventional approaches we can’t. It’s perverse, isn’t it.”

The chief of the UK's biggest police force has been pushing for new powers to allow force bosses to reopen misconduct cases against officers and staff.

He previously estimated hundreds of officers on the force have been getting away with misconduct or criminal behaviour - but has no way of sacking them.

UK’s biggest ever 'bank spoof' fraud: 70,000 Brits to be told by text they are victims of £50m iSpoof con

Parents of Awaab, 2, who died from mould exposure, ‘have gone through hell’

Sir Mark Rowley revealed there are around 100 officers working under "very restrictive" conditions
Sir Mark Rowley revealed there are around 100 officers working under "very restrictive" conditions. Picture: Alamy

A report on the Met's disciplinary systems, published in October, found less than 1% of officers with multiple misconduct cases against them have been dismissed, and the bar for what constitutes gross misconduct - a sackable offence - is too high.

He told the BBC the Met has "tens of thousands of great officers who are doing amazing things day in and day out for London", he said there are "hundreds of people who are letting us down and and I'm trying to sort out".

He said: "We're getting more assertive and creative in our use of existing powers but I have been encouraged by the Home Secretary and the Home Office's enthusiasm to look again at regulations to give us powers to move more quickly against officers who we shouldn't have.

"I have got about 100 officers in the organisation who have very restrictive conditions on them because frankly we don't trust them to talk to members of the public, and that's... it's completely mad that I have to employ people like that as police officers who you can't trust to have contact with the public. It's ridiculous."

Asked if the force has been able to get rid of any of them, he said: "We're looking at whether we've got any new legal levers but on the conventional approaches we can't. It's perverse, isn't it?"

Earlier this month, Sir Mark said "a big proportion" of officers in his force are "not properly deployable" due to health and performance issues.

On Thursday, he said 10% of the Met's workforce cannot be fully deployed for reasons ranging from medical problems to ongoing misconduct investigations.

He said: "It's not just an integrity issue; it actually goes to the ability to serve the public if you're restricted in how you can deploy your resources when we're very busy."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

England beat Serbia 1-0 in tense first round Euro 2024 clash

England beat Serbia 1-0 after early goal from Jude Bellingham in tense first round Euro 2024 clash

England vs Serbia staring XI confirmed ahead of Three Lions' Euro 2024 clash

England vs Serbia staring XI confirmed as Gareth Southgate prepares for Three Lions' opening Euro 2024 clash

Police hunt 21-year-old man following death of boy, 12 in shocking hit-and-run

Police hunt 21-year-old man following death of boy, 12 in 'appalling' hit-and-run

Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting

Wes Streeting urges doctors not to strike amid claims manifesto is not the ‘sum total’ of Labour's NHS spending

Clashes erupt between football fans in Gelsenkirchen ahead of England and Serbia's first Euro 2024 match

Clashes erupt between football fans in Gelsenkirchen ahead of England's first Euro 2024 match against Serbia

Southwark council raised more than £2.6 million by issuing 43,300 fines to motorists

Labour council urged to refund motorists after ‘unfairly’ fining thousands of drivers £2.6million

Police rammed the cow

Officer who rammed cow with police squad car removed from frontline duties

England fans in Gelsenkirchen

Thousands of England fans descend on Gelsenkirchen ahead of Three Lions' first Euro 2024 match against Serbia

Queues at Birmingham airport

Travel chaos strikes major UK airport as passengers stuck in lengthy queues

Police rammed the cow

Owner of cow rammed by police gives update on its condition and says officers should be fired for 'disgusting' incident

Officers shot a man threatening football fans in Hamburg

Man shot by police after brandishing 'axe and molotov cocktail' close to Euro 2024 fan zone

Labour's Wes Streeting has called for a debate with Nigel Farage

Labour's Wes Streeting calls for debate with Nigel Farage to take on 'toxic rhetoric' in 'battle of ideas'

Prince William's children have sent him a Father's Day message

'We love you papa': George, Charlotte and Louis send Prince William Father's Day message in first social media post

Labour and the Conservatives would leave the NHS 'worse off than under austerity', the Nuffield Trust has warned

Labour and Tories would leave NHS 'worse off' than under austerity, health think tank warns

Exclusive
Mark Harper has admitted there is a 'hard fight ahead' for the Conservatives to win the election

Minister admits 'hard fight ahead' as poll suggests 'Tory extinction' - but says no deal to be done with Farage

William and Charles have shared Father's Day messages

Prince William sends touching Father's Day message to Charles with new photo, as King also shares childhood video