The Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, has published his plan to improve standards and rebuild trust in the force.
Rowley, who took over from Dame Cressida Dick in September last year, said earlier this month that he had been building a “practical plan for turning things around” after a watchdog found that the force’s anti-corruption systems were inadequate and a damning review of disciplinary procedures found officers and staff were getting away with misconduct and breaking the law.
In a statement on Friday, he said: “This week we have condemned the appalling criminality of David Carrick and shared the missed opportunities over many years to have taken action.
“I know our communities need to see reform in the Met, on issues of standards and culture, but also in how we do more to reduce crime.
“The next two years are critical – from adopting new technologies and methods to achieving our goals and investing in our people. Those we serve, as well as our own people, rightly expect the highest standards too.
“I am determined to win back Londoners’ trust. We can succeed because of the dedicated, honest, often heroic, men and women who are the great majority of the Met. Our work has begun, but I must be candid. We cannot achieve the profound reforms needed quickly or without the ongoing help and support of wider policing, politicians, partner organisations and most of all, communities.”
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