The Metropolitan Police have been placed under special measures by the Official Police Inspectorate after a series of scandals and concerns over their effectiveness.
The decision was taken by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and follows a force-wide inspection which revealed significant shortcomings. The results of this inspection should be made public soon.
In a statement, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: ‘I expect the police to have the basics down. It is clear that the Metropolitan Police Service is failing to live up to these expectations, which is why I support the action the HMICFRS has taken today to highlight their failures – and I expect the Met and the Mayor of London that they take immediate action to start addressing it.
“The recruitment process for a new Commissioner is well underway and I have specified that the successful candidate must demonstrate sustained improvements in the Metropolitan Police Service in order to regain public trust both in London and across the country.”
In a statement, the Police Inspectorate confirmed the special arrangements for the Met to provide “further review and support to help make improvements”. The Guardian understands that the special measures process has already begun.
Scandals include the Sarah Everard case where an on-duty officer kidnapped and murdered her, as well as stop and search cases like that of athlete Bianca Williams.
The Home Secretary has some responsibility for the Met and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is London’s police and crime commissioner.
In a statement, Khan said: “The HMIC has raised very serious concerns about the performance of the Met and I welcome the further scrutiny and support that these measures will now provide. Unlike many others, I have long been clear that far-reaching reforms are urgently needed if the Met is to regain the trust of Londoners – which is so vital for policing by consent.
“A series of appalling scandals have not only revealed deep cultural issues, but have also undermined Londoners’ confidence in the capital’s police service.
“HMIC’s decision to now move the Met into special measures has laid bare the force’s substantial performance shortcomings.”
In February, Cressida Dick resigned as Met Commissioner after failing to convince Khan she could emerge strong from a series of scandals and overthrow public trust.