Met Police report: Officers getting away with breaking law

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the situation at the Met was worse than he had feared, as he laid the blame squarely at the feet of Sir Mark’s predecessor, Cressida Dick.

However, Mr Khan expressed confidence Sir Mark would be the reforming commissioner the capital needed.

Appearing on BBC Radio 4, Mr Khan – who was criticised in a report for “intimidating” Ms Dick into resigning in February – voiced his confidence in the current commissioner.

“Here’s the difference, you don’t have a commissioner in Sir Mark who is lethargic, defensive or arrogant. You have got a commissioner with a plan to address those issues, and with a plan to win back trust and confidence,” he said.

“What you will see over the next few days and weeks from the commissioner is what Londoners, police officers, police staff expect from our commissioner. It is really important that he has said he wants to be a reforming commissioner and that is what we need.”

He added: “It’s clear the Met’s misconduct system is simply not fit for purpose.

“I now expect nothing less than every single recommendation of this review to be implemented in full, and quickly.”

Home Secretary Suella Braverman said the public “rightly expects the highest standards of behaviour from police officers and the vast majority meet this expectation”, but recently incidents had “damaged trust”.

She added: “Culture and standards in the police must improve, and where an officer has fallen seriously short of these expectations, demonstrable, public action must be taken.”

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