Rape scandal means Metropolitan Police might need to change its name

rape scandal means met police might need to change its name
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Just days after a senior Metropolitan Police officer was outed as a serial rapist, Sir Keir Starmer has said the force may need to change its name in a "root and branch" review.

To recap, earlier this week on 16 January, PC David Carrick pleaded guilty to 49 offences – including 20 counts of rape – against 12 women, spanning two decades. In response, Met commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said: "We have failed. And I'm sorry. He should not have been a police officer."

Sir Rowley went on to confirm that the force is currently investigating 1,000 sexual and domestic abuse claims involving about 800 of its officers, prompting the Labour leader to give his verdict on what the Met ought to do next.

"It absolutely needs fundamental review. The Carrick case is just jaw-droppingly shocking. But it’s obviously not a single case on its own. There are other examples, many of which we’ve seen in the last few years," Sir Starmer said in an interview on The News Agents podcast.

rape scandal means met police might need to change its name
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer commented on the Met scandal.Chris J Ratcliffe - Getty Images

"It needs a root and branch review, cultural change, because this is not just the perpetrators, it’s those that have allowed this to happen, move them around, not taken action when they should have done," he went on, referencing how policing reforms in Northern Ireland in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement led to the Royal Ulster Constabulary being replaced by the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

"With the police service in Northern Ireland… that was root and branch, that was stripping it down," Sir Starmer explained. "It was also very important that it was called the Police Service of Northern Ireland because it changed the way in which the force was looking, it was a service to the public, not a police force."

As for whether the Metropolitan Police should change its name, the Labour leader replied: "If changing the name signals a change, then perhaps."

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