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Met reviewing more than 1,000 allegations after series of scandals

It's estimated that the review, which focuses on reports of domestic abuse or sexual offences from the past 10 years, will look at 1,633 cases involving 1,071 officers and staff.

The Met Police is reviewing any allegations of domestic abuse or sexual offences made against its personnel over the last 10 years, after high-profile cases revealed that the force has allowed offending officers to slip through the net. 

Speaking during a recent press briefing relating to former Met officer David Carrick, Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray referenced an ongoing review into cases involving some 1,000 officers and staff.

A spokesperson for the Met has since clarified these comments.

They said: "As part of our continuing commitment to reform and delivering the highest level of professional standards, we are reviewing the details of any allegations of domestic abuse or sexual offences from the past 10 years where a Met officer or member of staff was involved and the allegation/resulting case has been finalised.

"This will include a very wide range of allegations from verbal arguments and altercations in a domestic or family setting to the most serious sexual offences. It could include cases where no further action was taken and where no criminal allegations were made."

Apologising to Carrick's victims, AC Gray said: "We should have spotted his pattern of abusive behaviour and because we didn’t we missed opportunities to remove him from the organisation."

It's estimated that the ongoing review will "consider 1,633 cases involving 1,071 officers and staff", though the spokesperson stressed that not all of these will result in a finding of wrongdoing.

Rather the force is checking each case to confirm the correct actions were action, and that sufficiently rigorous scrutiny was applied to them.

They added: "It is therefore likely that the majority of officers whose involvement in past incidents is being reviewed will not automatically be subject to restrictions."

That said, this is subject to change - should information "emerge from a review that raised concerns". They confirmed that a number involved are already subject to risk management measures.

The spokesperson concluded: "All new allegations against officers and staff are subject to robust risk management including restrictions and suspension where appropriate."

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