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Report reveals flaws in UK police recruitment

A report published on Wednesday sheds light on failings in the recruitment and vetting of police officers in England and Wales and reveals the extent of misogynistic, sexist and even predatory behaviour. The police inspectorate had been seized following the shock of the March 2021 kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old Londoner, by police officer Wayne Couzen, who was jailed for life for those matters.

This case had caused a stir in the United Kingdom, and Scotland Yard had been accused of ignoring alarming signals about the killer’s behavior. Other cases have been added to this, fueling a crisis of confidence among Britons in their police, in a country where the notion of consensus with the public is embedded in the approach of the police.

It is too easy for the wrong ones to both join and stay in the police forcesaid the head of police inspection services, Matt Parr. “If the police are to rebuild trust and protect their female officers and staff, enforcement must be much stricter and sexual misconduct must be taken much more seriously.“, He continued.

The investigation included 11,277 police and administrative employees, 42 people were questioned. 725 control files and 264 complaints were screened. “Despite repeated warnings, too little has been done to improve standards and eradicate misogyny and predatory behavior“, Matt Parr added, stressing that police officers do not “just can’t afford to waitto implement the report’s recommendations.

These include updating minimum due diligence standards and improving the quality and consistency of enforcement decision-making. The report highlighted criminally reprehensible behaviour, such as sexual acts, which were treated as an isolated deviation or recruitment by police officers associated with crime in their surroundings.

In response to the publication of the text, Secretary of the Interior Suella Braverman considered “unacceptable“the persistence of”misogynistic and sexist behaviourin the font. She assured that as part of the announced recruitment of 20,000 new police officers by March 2023, the government has released funds to make significant improvements in recruitment and vetting processes. “Police culture and standards must be improved and public confidence in the police must be restored“, she insisted.

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