The Metropolitan Police is going through “actual issues” of systemic sexism, racism and homophobia throughout the service, London mayor Sadiq Khan has mentioned.
Mr Khan mentioned that the drive’s new commissioner should have a plan to deal with these challenges within the wake of the homicide of Sarah Everard by a serving police officer, the botched investigation of Stephen Port’s killing of homosexual males and misogynistic behaviour at Charing Cross police station and elsewhere.
And he mentioned the Met’s new chief should present that she or he is ready to win again the belief and confidence that many Londoners have misplaced within the capital’s police drive.
The mayor, who compelled former commissioner Dame Cressida Dick out in February by declaring he had misplaced confidence in her, was requested on BBC1’s Sunday Morning whether or not the Met was “a failing police drive”.
He replied: “We’re shedding belief and confidence. So if that’s the standards of measurement, then you could possibly say so.”
Mr Khan added: “I feel it has actual challenges.
“It’s potential to recognise the devoted, respectable, courageous officers we now have within the police service however to additionally say we’ve received actual issues – actual issues which were proven lately in relation to proof of overt systemic sexism, racism, homophobia, discrimination, misogyny – which have to be addressed.
“What’s actually vital is that the brand new commissioner appointed by the house secretary (Priti Patel) – and she or he’ll be consulting me – understands the challenges we now have as a police service and takes steps to deal with these challenges, but in addition to win again the belief and confidence of too many Londoners that has been misplaced.”
He added: “One of many explanation why I misplaced confidence within the earlier commissioner was my insecurity in her plans to deal with the 2 huge points – addressing the systemic racism, sexism, homophobia and misogyny, but in addition the belief and confidence required from our public whenever you police by consent.
“That’s one of many issues that we’ll be checking the brand new commissioner for, does he have a plan to deal with these two points similtaneously persevering with to make additional progress in bringing down crime?”
Mr Khan mentioned he had not been given detailed explanations by the Met over why they fined some folks concerned in lockdown-breaching events at 10 Downing Avenue, or why prime minister Boris Johnson was fined in relation to at least one occasion however not others.
Requested whether or not it was the case that the police investigated Partygate allegations much less totally than they could have performed as a result of they didn’t wish to upset No 10, he replied: “I don’t know whether or not it’s true, however that notion has received to be addressed. Why? As a result of the police should police with out concern or favour.”
He mentioned he hoped the problem can be addressed in a court docket case being introduced by former Met deputy assistant commissioner Lord Paddick, who alleges that the drive’s Operation Hillman crew acted “irrationally” of their selections on mounted penalty notices for lockdown breaches.