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Ex Met Police chief says every officer should be reassessed in wake of Sarah Everard murder

A former senior officer with the Metropolitan Police has called for all serving officers to be re-vetted follow disclosures about Wayne Couzens. 

Parm Sandhu, an ex-chief superintendent with the Metropolitan Police called for all serving officers to be re-vetted following disclosures about Wayne Couzens

Parm Sandhu, an ex-chief superintendent, said urgent action was needed to restore public confidence in the police.

She told Sky News’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday: ‘Everybody who works in policing now should be re-vetted. Those people who got through the vetting procedure 20 years ago, 30 years ago, all of them.

‘Every single person needs to be reviewed and if anything comes up in their past – it doesn’t have to be a conviction, it just needs to be come to notice, because this man did come to notice.

‘It needs to be done now as an urgent measure to reassure the public and rebuild the trust and confidence that policing has lost, but it needs to be done on a regular basis so that we don’t have anybody that even comes close to the actions of Wayne Couzens.’

It comes after figures, obtained via the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that 26 officers from Scotland Yard have been convicted of sex crimes including rape, possessing indecent images of children, and voyeurism since 2016.

Five allegedly carried out sex offences while on duty since 2010, with one officer recruited last year despite having a conviction for indecent exposure.

Two were jailed for their offences in April this year – just a month after the horrifying abduction, rape and murder of Sarah Everard. 

At least 26 colleagues of evil Wayne Couzens have committed sex crimes in the past five years, with two jailed for their offences in April this year

Undated handout file photo issued by the Metropolitan Police of Wayne Couzens

At least 26 colleagues of evil Wayne Couzens have committed sex crimes in the past five years, with two jailed for their offences in April this year

Undated family handout photo of Sarah Everard issued by the Crown Prosecution Service

Undated family handout photo of Sarah Everard issued by the Crown Prosecution Service

A Metropolitan Police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘The overwhelming majority of those convicted of criminal offences leave the service. Current police regulations prevent officers resigning or retiring until the misconduct process has concluded.

‘Securing and maintaining the trust of the community is integral to the principle of policing by consent. The Met recognises that its staff must act with professionalism and integrity whether on or off-duty.’ 

It has also been revealed that Couzens, who was given a whole life sentence this week for the kidnap, rape and murder of Miss Everard, was regularly deployed to guard MPs at the Houses of Parliament.

The armed police officer, 48, performed duties in the Houses of Parliament at least five times despite being nicknamed 'The Rapist'

The armed police officer, 48, performed duties in the Houses of Parliament at least five times despite being nicknamed ‘The Rapist’

Couzens's parliamentary duties were discovered after an inquiry by Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle (pictured). Sir Lindsay said he would be seeking answers from the Met Commissioner over 'how this man could ever have crossed the parliamentary threshold'

Couzens’s parliamentary duties were discovered after an inquiry by Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle (pictured). Sir Lindsay said he would be seeking answers from the Met Commissioner over ‘how this man could ever have crossed the parliamentary threshold’

Scotland Yard admitted for the first time that Couzens, 48, carried out protection duties in Westminster on five occasions between February and July last year, despite having a history of sexual deviance. Senior sources claimed he was even issued with an ‘access all areas’ pass to Parliament.

Couzens is understood to have guarded various parts of the Commons and Lords. He also is believed to have patrolled the US embassy while working in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.

Ex-police chief claims it ‘has taken death of a white woman’ for trust in policing to be addressed after Sarah Everard death as she slams Cressida Dick for Met’s lack of action in tackling misogyny 

A former police chief has claimed it has taken the death of a white woman for the issue of trust in policing to be addressed.

Sue Fish, the ex-chief of Nottinghamshire Police, said every woman she knows would have got into the car with the Met Police firearms officer who used his warrant card to kidnap Sarah Everard and then raped and murdered her.

Ms Fish also slammed Dame Cressida Dick for a lack of action in tackling misogyny in the Metropolitan Police, saying its safety guidelines have ‘absolutely no insight whatsoever’.

She rubbished them as ‘completely absurd’ and ‘impractical’ as fury grows at the handling of the Sarah Everard case.

Scotland Yard bosses are believed to remain sceptical about recording misogyny as a hate crime despite the majority of other chief constables backing the move.

Some senior officers are said to think the reform – drafted in March after Ms Everard’s death – is not needed because present legislation is adequate.

Ms Fish’s powerful intervention was echoed by Alice Vinten, who served in the Met for more than 10 years as a constable before leaving the force in 2015.

She hit out at the ‘lads culture’ during her time there and said women were still worried to report concerns about their colleagues.

But she was shot down by former Met Commissioner Lord Blair, who said: ‘It simply cannot be the case that this lads culture of the 1970s is surviving everywhere.’

Last night it was reported that Couzens brought a prostitute to a police party at a hotel, while another sex worker turned up at the station he was based in, demanding money.

Couzens took a prostitute with him to a colleague’s tenth wedding anniversary party at the Hilton Hotel in Maidstone, Kent.

A source who was at the party told The Sun: ‘He was quite open about her being an escort. He said, ‘My wife can’t make it so I’ve brought this brass with me.’ ‘

In another incident, a prostitute reportedly turned up at Couzens’ station when he was working in Bromley, South London, and demanded to speak to him because he owed her money. The Eastern European woman refused to leave until she saw Couzens, and he had to be called back from patrol.

The report said he took her to a cashpoint and paid her money, later admitting to colleagues that she was a prostitute.

Embattled Met Commissioner Cressida Dick faced fresh calls to resign over the scandal amid growing demands for a full independent public inquiry. A new YouGov poll found that 38 per cent of people believed Dick should resign, compared with 27 per cent who thought she should stay and 35 per cent who were unsure.

The revelation about Couzens guarding Parliament, which came 24 hours after the Met said they would not be commenting on where he had worked, sparked anger from MPs – including Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

Last night, Sir Lindsay said he was ‘extremely concerned’ at the revelation and would be seeking answers from the Met Commissioner over ‘how this man could ever have crossed the parliamentary threshold’.

He said: ‘Like everyone, I have been sickened by the depravity of Wayne Couzens – and heartbroken for the family of Sarah Everard. I have asked the Met to meet me urgently to discuss how this person could have been deemed suitable for deployment here.’

Couzens’ role guarding the Commons will bring fresh questions over the vetting process of officers after it emerged he was nicknamed ‘the rapist’ by his colleagues.

He indecently exposed himself to women on at least three occasions, was addicted to ‘brutal’ pornography, habitually visited prostitutes and was reportedly the subject of three harassment claims by female officers by the time he murdered Miss Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, in March. 

Labour MP Rosie Duffield said: ‘It’s chilling that someone whose nickname was ‘the rapist’ was guarding MPs when we are told that we are protected by a ring of steel. Knowing now that we had a murderer in our midst, I’m sure all women working in Parliament will want to see a thorough security review.’

Ian Blair, who served as Met Commissioner from 2005 to 2008, said the force needed to be subjected to ‘an absolutely forensic’ investigation similar to the Stephen Lawrence inquiry led by Lord Macpherson that found the Met was ‘institutionally racist’.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick delivers a statement outside the Old Bailey

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick delivers a statement outside the Old Bailey

Critics have accused the force of being ‘institutionally misogynistic’ after Miss Everard’s murder.

Couzens received up to £10,000 in pay over four months after he was arrested in early March for Miss Everard’s murder, it emerged last night. He was not sacked by the Met until mid-July after he pleaded guilty to the killing.

A spokesman for the Houses of Parliament said: ‘Wayne Couzens was never issued with a Parliamentary pass. He accessed the Parliamentary Estate with a MPS-issued temporary pass which gives limited access to the Parliamentary Estate.

‘These passes are issued to police officers in PADP who are not regularly posted to the Parliamentary Estate. They are issued at the beginning of the shift, returned at the end, and are tightly controlled.’


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