A former senior officer with the Metropolitan Police has called for all officers on duty to be re-screened after revelations about Wayne Couzens.
Parm Sandhu, an ex-Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police, called for all officers on duty to be re-screened after revelations about Wayne Couzens
Parm Sandhu, an ex-Superintendent, said urgent action was needed to restore public confidence in the police.
She told Sky News’ Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “Everyone who is now working in the police force should be re-screened. Those people who went through the screening process 20 years ago, 30 years ago, all of them.
“Everyone needs to be judged and if something comes up in the past – it doesn’t have to be a conviction, it just needs to be noticed, because this man has noticed.
“It needs to be done now as an urgent measure to reassure the public and rebuild the trust that the police have lost, but it has to be done on a regular basis so that we don’t have anyone even close to the actions of Wayne Couzens.”
It comes after figures obtained through the Freedom of Information Act revealed that 26 Scotland Yard officers have been convicted of sex crimes, including rape, possession of indecent images of children and voyeurism since 2016.
Five are said to have committed sex offenses while on duty since 2010, and one officer was hired last year despite a conviction for indecent exposure.
Two were jailed in April this year for their offenses – just a month after the horrific kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.
At least 26 colleagues of the evil Wayne Couzens have committed sex crimes in the past five years, two of which were jailed in April this year.
Undated family photo of Sarah Everard published by the Crown Prosecution Service
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘The vast majority of those convicted of criminal offenses leave the service. Current police rules prevent officers from resigning or retiring until the misconduct trial is completed.
“Securing and maintaining the trust of the community is an integral part of the principle of police consent. The Met recognizes that its employees must act professionally and with integrity, both on and off duty.’
It has also emerged that Couzens, who was sentenced to life in prison this week for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Ms Everard, was regularly deployed to guard MPs in the Houses of Parliament.
The armed police officer, 48, performed duties in the Houses of Parliament at least five times, despite being nicknamed ‘The Rapist’
Couzens’ parliamentary duties were discovered after an investigation by Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle (pictured). Sir Lindsay said he would seek answers from the Met commissioner on ‘how this man could ever have crossed the parliamentary threshold’
Scotland Yard first admitted that Couzens, 48, performed protection duties at Westminster on five occasions between February and July last year, despite a history of sexual deviation. Higher sources claimed he was even given an ‘all areas access’ pass for parliament.
Couzens is believed to have guarded various parts of the Commons and Lords. He is also believed to have patrolled the US Embassy while serving in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.
Ex police chief claims it ‘assumed the death of a white woman’ for trusting police to be tackled after Sarah Everard’s death as she criticizes Cressida Dick for Met’s lack of action in tackling misogyny
A former police chief has claimed he took the death of a white woman to address the issue of trust in the police.
Sue Fish, the ex-chief of Nottinghamshire Police, said any woman she knows would have gotten in the car with the Met Police firearms officer who used his warrant card to kidnap Sarah Everard, then raped and murdered her.
Ms Fish also chided Dame Cressida Dick for a lack of action in tackling misogyny at the Metropolitan Police, saying her security guidelines are “absolutely clueless.”
She labeled them as “utterly absurd” and “impractical” as the anger mounts over the handling of the Sarah Everard case.
Scotland Yard bosses are believed to remain skeptical about including misogyny as a hate crime, despite the majority of other chief constables supporting the move.
Some senior officers would not consider the reform – drafted in March after Ms Everard’s death – necessary because current legislation is adequate.
Ms Fish’s forceful intervention was echoed by Alice Vinten, who served as a cop at the Met for over 10 years before leaving the police force in 2015.
She became captivated by the “boy culture” during her time there and said women were still concerned about raising concerns about their co-workers.
But she was shot by former Met commissioner Lord Blair, who said, “It just can’t be that this 1970s boy culture survives everywhere.”
Last night it was reported that Couzens had taken a prostitute to a police party at a hotel, while another sex worker showed up at the station where he was based and demanded money.
Couzens took a prostitute to a colleague’s tenth wedding anniversary at the Hilton Hotel in Maidstone, Kent.
A source at the party told The Sun: “He was quite open about her as an escort. He said, “My wife can’t be there, so I brought this copper.” ‘
In another incident, a prostitute reportedly showed up at Couzens station while he was working in Bromley, south London, and demanded to speak to him because he owed her money. The Eastern European woman refused to leave until she saw Couzens and he had to be recalled from patrol.
According to the report, he took her to an ATM and paid her money, later admitting to colleagues that she was a prostitute.
Controversial Met Commissioner Cressida Dick faced fresh calls to resign over the scandal amid growing demand for a fully independent public inquiry. A new YouGov poll found that 38 percent of people thought Dick should step down, compared with 27 percent who thought she should stay and 35 percent who weren’t sure.
The revelation about Couzens guarding parliament, which came 24 hours after the Met said they would not comment on where he had worked, sparked anger from MPs, including Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
Last night Sir Lindsay said he was “extremely concerned” about the revelation and that he would seek answers from the Met commissioner about “how this man could have ever crossed the parliamentary threshold”.
He said, “Like everyone else, I have become sick of Wayne Couzens’ depravity and heartbroken for Sarah Everard’s family. I have asked the Met to meet with me urgently to discuss how this person might be considered suitable for deployment here.”
Couzens’ role as a guard of the House of Commons will raise new questions about the officers vetting process after it emerged that he was nicknamed ‘the rapist’ by his colleagues.
He exposed himself indecently to women on at least three occasions, was addicted to “cruel” pornography, habitually visited prostitutes and was reportedly the subject of three charges of harassment by female officers by the time he met Miss Everard, a 33-year-old year-old marketing man, murdered. executive, in March.
Labor MP Rosie Duffield said: “It is horrifying that someone whose nickname was ‘the rapist’ was guarding MPs when we were told we are protected by a steel ring. Now that we know we had a murderer in our midst, I’m sure all the women who work in Parliament want to see a thorough security check.”
Ian Blair, who served as Commissioner of the Met from 2005 to 2008, said the Corps should undergo “an absolute forensic” investigation, similar to the Stephen Lawrence investigation led by Lord Macpherson, which found the Met “institutionalized racist ‘ used to be.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick makes a statement outside the Old Bailey
Critics have accused the force of being “institutionalized misogynist” after Ms Everard’s murder.
Couzens received up to £10,000 in wages more than four months after he was arrested for the murder of Miss Everard in early March, it emerged last night. He wasn’t fired from the Met until mid-July after pleading guilty to the murder.
A spokesman for the Houses of Parliament said: ‘Wayne Couzens has never been given a parliamentary pass. He entered the Parliamentary Estate with a temporary pass issued by MPS which gives limited access to the Parliamentary Estate.
“These passes are issued to police officers in PADP who are not regularly posted to the parliamentary station. They are issued at the start of the shift, returned at the end and are strictly controlled.’