Monday, September 26, 2022

Sir Mark Rowley, the new head of Britain’s largest Metropolitan Police, has started work



LONDON (PA) – The new head of Britain’s largest police force has started work. Sir Mark Rowley, the new head of the Metropolitan Police, began work on Monday in what is one of the most turbulent times to face Britain’s biggest police force. Sir Mark Rowley took over as commissioner at Scotland Yard after former boss Dame Cressida Dick resigned in controversial circumstances earlier this year, the force has been dogged by a series of scandals and blunders in recent years, leaving Sir Mark The task of restoring public confidence has been entrusted. They were placed under special measures by a watchdog earlier this year. In a strongly-worded letter written before his tenure began, then Home Secretary Priti Patel demanded that Sir Mark undo the terrible mistakes of the past. He cited failures to investigate the killing of Sarah Everard by an on-duty officer, the search for children and the deaths of victims of serial killer Stephen Port, among other issues that had undermined public trust. There was also outrage over a series of disturbing racist, sexist and homophobic messages by officers based at Charing Cross police station between 2016 and 2018, which was published by a watchdog earlier this year. was Meanwhile a report by another watchdog in March found the force’s approach to tackling corruption was not fit for purpose, with failures including drugs, money and jewelery disappearing from shops in evidence. Most recently the force faced criticism after officers stopped Portuguese athlete Ricardo dos Santos while he was driving in west London. Five Metropolitan Police officers already face disciplinary action over the stop and search of Mr dos Santos and fellow British athlete Bianca Williams, during which they were handcuffed. Among other issues facing Sir Mark are ongoing investigations into deaths following police contact, including that of Oladeji Omeshwar, who died after jumping from Chelsea Bridge. A man, who drowned after trying to swim away from officers to avoid arrest in Kingston, and Chris Caba, who was shot and killed by an officer in Streatham Hill. Mr Kaba’s family has called for the officer involved to be “immediately suspended while the Independent Office for Police Conduct launches a manslaughter investigation into the incident.” There were three fatal shootings in six days in the capital, which is unusual. As of July 19, there had been no firearms death in the English capital since October 31 last year and a total of 134 murders recorded by the Metropolitan Police. Among the incidents were 12 shootings in all of 2021. Recruitment is another key topic, with 4,557 new jobs by the end of March 2023 as part of a national drive to replace thousands of jobs cut during austerity. Officers have been added. Two reviews are taking place after Ms Everard’s murder, with HMICFRS overseeing the expansion into special measures. One, commissioned by Dame Cressida, Baroness Casey. Leading to a look at the culture of the force while the isolated Angelini investigates Ms. Everard’s murderous van. Police will look into Cousins’ career and conduct.



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