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Rollout of work phones “completely positive”, says Met Fed chair

Met Fed chair Ken Marsh has supported the rollout of work phones for Met officers, telling Police Oracle he sees no issue in how plans are moving forward.

Fed Chair Ken Marsh has backed a move that could see all Met officers issued with work phones - in what appears to be as much a technological initiative as one that will improve transparency.

He said: “The cost [of using devices] should not be borne by the employee.

“This is moving the Met into the modern age of 2022, [it] will give officers direct access and the ability to keep in touch.”

He emphasised that the phones would “not [be] officers property” and that they should be aware of how they use them and the fact that they will be scrutinised in a different way.

He added he was committed to “complete transparency” and called it a “completely positive” move.

The force has not yet issued a statement.

Just today, a verdict is due back in the trial of two serving Met officers and one former officer over allegations they shared racist and misogynistic messages with Wayne Couzens – one of the incidents that lead to former Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick’s resignation.

Her successor Sir Mark Rowley, upon his appointment in the role, said he will be “ruthless” in removing officers who corrupt the force’s integrity.

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