Britain’s largest police force has opened an anonymous hotline for people to report corrupt or abusive officers.
The city police was heavily criticized for failures in both anti-corruption and disciplinary processes, leaving hundreds of unscrupulous officials and employees still serving.
It will be the first force in the UK to have a hotline of this type.
People can contact the line, without being named, with information about officials or employees taking bribes, using their powers to have sex, or mistreat their partners or family. , or racist, homophobic or misogynistic.
It follows a series of disturbing scandals surrounding officer culture and behavior at the Met, including the rape and murder Sarah Everard by a serving officer.
There is also outrage about Racist and misogynist messages shared by officers based in Charing Cross; two officers share pictures of murdered victims’ bodies Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry; and undress to find students.
Meanwhile, a watchdog found the force’s anti-corruption systems were not fit for purpose and a review of Baron Casey’s disciplinary procedures was found. the officers and employees got rid of wrongdoings and breaking the lawin a system of behavior that is itself racist and belittling women.
Commander James Harman, head of the Anti-Corruption and Abuse Command, said the Met wanted the hotline to send a message to the public that it “wanted to have information on fundamentally corrupt officers or people who are abuse their policing position”.
He says they realize that for some people who may be stuck in a corrupt or abusive relationship, they may not know where to turn for help.
“They may not feel comfortable walking into the local police station, they may not feel comfortable going through established routes,” he said.
“This will give people another way to seek help that they may not feel able to.”
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The hotline will be operated by the charity Crimestoppers and will be called free of charge.
Mr Harman added: “We recognize that we have had too many very serious cases where the public has felt let down and abandoned by our officials and staff.
“I think the Met now, realizing how much that trust has been damaged, wants to take the lead in demonstrating that we are proactively looking to rebuild trust and part of that is making sure make sure we’re doing everything we can to push for high standards within our organization.”
The creation of the hotline follows the creation of a new anti-corruption command post at the Met, which has been likened to the AC-12 unit in the BBC police drama Line Of Duty.
Many staff members have also been transferred to the force’s professional standards division.