The Home Secretary said laws could be changed to make it easier for police chiefs to fire rogue officers.
Soella Braverman said it was currently “very difficult” for the chief of police to fire officers who “fall short”.
The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, estimated that hundreds of officers in his force had gotten away with misconduct and even criminal behaviour, but he currently had no way of removing them.
The Home Office launched a review of police disciplinary procedures earlier this year after dead officer David Carrick was found guilty of being a serial rapist.
Problems with vetting officers across the police force have also been identified by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Police, Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS).
The Met is preparing for a difficult week with the publication of Baroness Casey’s review of culture and standards on the force, which has been commissioned in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard by Officer Wayne Cousins.
Ms Braverman has given Sir Mark her support for raising standards at the Met, although she admits there are “serious problems” with policing.
She told reporters who were accompanying her on a visit to Rwanda: “This is why the inspection body conducted a comprehensive review, not only of the dead but of all the police forces, and made about 40 recommendations on what the police forces should do to raise their standards with scrutiny and treatment.
“I announced changes that we will be making, or at least conferring on, regarding the dismissal process.
“We have found it very difficult for a police chief to fire an officer who… falls short.
If the law needs to change, I will.
“But ultimately, we need to ensure that all the standards are raised, and the Met Commissioner was really serious about that goal.”
She said there had been “real failures” with the subway, some with “tragic” consequences.
“What is important now is that we support the commissioner and his transformation plan, and we support him and his deputy to ensure that the Met recruits and retains the best people to protect the public, improve its standards and keep people safe.
“The Commissioner supports me to do so.”
But, she added, “we need to remember that the vast majority of Met Police officers are courageous, courageous, and held to the highest standards.”
Scotland Yard hopes Casey’s review will be an opportunity to reestablish relationships with communities in the capital and help in the process of rebuilding trust after cases such as Couzens and Carrick.
Noting that the report makes for uncomfortable reading, Met Deputy Commissioner Lynn Owens, who viewed it before it was published, said, “For those of us who care, our emotional response will be harsh” and you should “expect forceful critical commentary” in its wake.
She said, “I have a heartfelt plea. This is an opportunity for many outstanding officers and staff to work with communities to reset when needed. A lot of what you (Casey) say will resonate with you, too.”
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