Arrests have been made and investigations launched after hundreds of people contacted the Met’s hotline to root out corrupt or abusive officers, one of the force’s chiefs said on Thursday.
James Harman, head of the anti-corruption and abuse command, said the Met accepted that it was in a “bad place” but was determined to “put this right for Londoners”.
Far tougher vetting was being carried out for new recruits and checks were being done on officers in service so the force knows “what our people do on and off duty, so we can deal with any matters of concern”.
Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has said he wants to get rid of hundreds of officers who should not be in the force. The Met launched an anti-corruption hotline last November after Pc Wayne Couzens was jailed for life for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.
Mr Harman told LBC Radio: “We have had hundreds of reports. We are following those up. They have led to arrests, they have led to investigations.”
He was responding to a survey by LBC which found that trust in the Met had plummeted after more shocking cases emerged including Pc David Carrick being sentenced to life after pleading guilty to 49 offences, including rape, against 12 women.
Just four in 10 Londoners (39 per cent) now trust the force, according to the poll by JL Partners, compared with 51 per cent in December 2021.
Only four per cent of women under 35 said they strongly trust the Met, while 26 per cent somewhat trust them.
Overall, 37 per cent of women have faith in the force, and 41 per cent of men. “That survey is obviously hard to hear but it’s really important to hear also,” said Mr Harman.
“We in the Met are absolutely determined to put this right for Londoners.”
Intelligence checks were being carried out on all officers and staff, more than 50,000 people in total, so the Met “fully understands what our people do on and off duty, so we can deal with any matters of concern”.
With around 750 calls to the hotline by January, Mr Harman explained further: “Officers accused of very serious offences should expect to be suspended while those are investigated and officers who are found guilty of offences should expect a much more robust approach than may have been received in some cases in the past, and in many cases will definitely lose their jobs.”
He added: “I do want to say to Londoners, on the back of this survey, there are many excellent men and women in the Metropolitan police.
“Many of them will be listening now and they should trust those officers who will lay their lives on the line if they have to when push comes to shove.
“We are in a bad place now, we recognise that but we are going to turn it around and we are determined to do so.”