London’s Metropolitan Police Service has revealed that more than 1,000 officers are currently suspended or on restricted duties as the department intensifies efforts to address systemic issues following a damning report. The report found the police force to be institutionally racist, homophobic, and misogynistic. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy stated that it will take several years to remove officers who have breached standards or were inadequately vetted during the hiring process. Approximately 60 officers face disciplinary hearings each month. Cundy emphasized the need to root out corruption, stating that the process could take one, two, or more years.
These figures were released one year after Commissioner Mark Rowley assumed leadership of the Met, pledging to reform a force that had been plagued by various scandals. One such scandal involved the arrest of a serving officer for the kidnap and murder of a young woman. In March, the police force issued an apology after an independent review revealed deep-seated racism, misogyny, and homophobia, which had eroded public confidence. The Metropolitan Police Service, which has a total of around 34,000 officers, currently has 201 officers suspended and approximately 860 on restricted duties.