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“Two or three officers” who appear in court every week in a scandalous cast

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Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley told the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee on Wednesday that more “painful stories” will emerge as the force works to remove hundreds of corrupt officers believed to be serving.

He was speaking after the case of PC David Carrick, who served as a Met officer for 20 years before being exposed as one of the country’s most prolific sex offenders.

After Carrick’s guilty plea last weekInterior Secretary Suella Braverman said more troubling cases involving police officers could be uncovered in the short term.

A new Met Police integrity hotline has received “dozens of calls” each week that have led to new investigations, Sir Mark said, a third of which relate to other forces.

“Painful Truths”

He told the committee: “Although this is a Met appeal, about one in three calls is for other armed forces. We also share information.

“Through our challenges, we also help the rest of the police force to deal with some issues.”

Sir Mark urged the public not to lose heart as the Met tracks down hundreds of corrupt officers believed to be serving in the force.

“Lifting the rock and revealing painful truths will not be solved overnight and I cannot pretend that it will be enough and I hope you understand that it is not possible,” Sir Mark said.

“We must prepare for more painful stories as we face the issues we face.

“We’ve previously spoken about the systemic flaws that are causing these issues from these officers corrupting our integrity, and as we employ more resources and more assertive tactics, we’re more open to people reporting incidents to us from inside and outside the organization, and.” as we approach these cases more decisively, it will address the issues we face, but it won’t…it won’t be quick and it will be painful.”

Following Carrick’s conviction, around 1,000 previous cases of Met officials and employees accused of sex offenses or domestic violence will be reviewed to ensure they were dealt with correctly.

This is expected to be completed by the end of March.

Sir Mark said that over the coming weeks and months he expects two or three officers a week to appear in court for offenses involving dishonesty, sex offences, violence or domestic violence.

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He was speaking after the case of PC David Carrick, who served as a Met officer for 20 years before being exposed as one of the country’s most prolific sex offenders.

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