What is the Casey Report? Dominic Raab defends police as damning report emerges
Ominic Raab has praised the “vast majority” of Met police officers as the controversial Casey report deadline approaches.
The Guardian states that an official report to be released next week is expected to conclude that “the force is riddled with sexism, racism and homophobia”.
Sources have told the Guardian that the Casey review, which was commissioned after the murder of Sarah Everard by police officer Wayne Couzens, will make “terrible” reading for the Met.
But now Justice Secretary Raab has defended the force, saying that although there is a problem with “bad apples”, the new Commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, is doing his best to root them out.
Raab tells LBC: “The vast majority of police officers within the Met and elsewhere are doing their job professionally, providing excellent service to the country, but we clearly have a problem at the Met. And what you have to do is embrace that problem, it to take it head on, and that’s why checking Casey is so important.”
He added: “Whether it’s the Casey review or the brilliant work and timely work that Commissioner Mark Rowley is doing within the Met to root out the bad apples to ensure the review is conducted as rigorously as that As people expect, we won’t leave anything unturned to ensure that the police force in this country — and the Met in particular — protects women and doesn’t pose a threat to women.”
What is the Casey Report?
The Metropolitan Police Service appointed Baroness Louise Casey to lead an independent review of its culture and standards of conduct.
The Met has said that the review:
- Find out if the Met’s leadership, recruitment, vetting, training, culture and communications support the standards the public should expect
- recommend how high standards can be routinely met and how a high level of public trust in the Met can be restored and maintained
Why are the police under fire and why was the report commissioned?
Following the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Sarah Everard by an acting Met officer, Wayne Couzens, and public uproar, it was decided that an independent review of her culture and standards of behavior should be conducted.
Who is Baroness Casey?
Baroness Casey of Blackstock is the Chair of the Review Team and was the UK’s first Ombudsman for Crime Victims and Witnesses.
She is an Independent Social Welfare Advisor, Chair of the Institute of Global Homelessness, and an Acting Crossbench Fellow in the House of Lords.
She has worked for five Prime Ministers on social welfare issues such as homelessness, troubled families and child sexual exploitation and was ranked as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 in February 2013.
In July 2020, Casey was awarded a life peer in the 2020 Political Honors as a crossbench peer.
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