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Report into Met Police failings tipped to ‘shatter’ force’s reputation

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The new “incredibly granular” revelations Louise Casey, Baroness Casey of Blackstock will make in her damning report into the Met Police’s shortcomings will be “seismic”, a women’s safety and police reform campaigner with inside knowledge of the study has predicted. The first details revealed that the Met Police department is riddled with racism, sexism, and homophobia and has refused to change despite several official evaluations urging it to do so. Jamie Klingler, who has met Lady Casey for the actual report, said the interim report and the initial revelations reported by The Guardian are proof that new evidence will be “well researched” and make the case Britain’s largest police forces’s “core culture” is not “fit for purpose”.

Speaking to, Ms Klingler said: “I expect the actual report to be seismic. 

“With the interim report, Casey showed herself and her work to be incredibly granular and well-researched. I anticipate it will be 300 pages that will expose that the core culture of the Met has made it not fit for purpose.”

The report, commissioned by the force in 2021 following the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving Met officer, Wayne Couzens, will look into whether institutional racism, homophobia, and misogyny are to blame for the Met’s shortcomings.

Lady Casey will criticise the force for failing to tackle its problems despite decades of official warnings. She plans to back up her claims with scathing new case studies and evidence dating back to before 2017.

“It is thirty years since Stephen Lawrence and the Met hasn’t done what was needed to become anti-racist,” said Ms Klingler.

Institutional racism was named as a contributing factor in some of the issues in a 1999 report by Sir William Macpherson on the shortcomings that allowed the racist murderers of Stephen Lawrence to avoid justice for such a long time. 

The Met claimed that the label was irrelevant ten years later. Yet, Lady Casey will claim that serious issues still exist and will ask what should happen to the Met if it is unable to reform.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who has campaigned for LGBT+ rights for more than five decades, said the report will leave the Met Police’s reputation “in tatters” and “shatter public confidence”.

“The Met is alienating women, black people and the LGBT+ community, who make up a majority of London’s population. On top of this, they have a very poor record for solving crimes and bringing perpetrators to justice. The Met is failing all Londoners,” he told

The 300-page investigation is expected to be harsh on previous Met executives including Cressida Dick and their handling of the Met from 2017 to 2022 as problems mounted.

Ms Dick was forced to step down after London mayor Sadiq Khan came to the conclusion she could not lead the Met out of its current crisis following the outraged response to the Couzens case.

“And given what I’ve seen from Mark Rowley, while under special measures, I do not believe he is up to the task,” Ms Klingler said. “He has been a carbon copy of Cressida Dick.”

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The new Met Police chief since September of last year admitted he was unable to sack “toxic” officers and restructure Britain’s largest police force due to inadequate vetting procedures. 

800 Met Police officers are being investigated, facing sexual and domestic abuse claims and other accusations of potential Met Police misconduct, according to Open Access Government. 

The Met Police has been embroiled in a number of scandals that have eroded women’s trust in the force, including the murder of Sarah Everard in March 2021 by a serving police officer, Wayne Couzens, and the David Carrick affair, in which another Met Police officer, David Carrick, was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison last month for serious sexual offences he committed against 12 women over a two-decade period.

The damning report is expected to be published on Tuesday.

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