Meanwhile, The Peelers are under the microscope:
Independent review says London police sexist, racist and homophobic
Report was commissioned after Sarah Everard was raped, killed by officer
London police have lost the confidence of the public because of deep-seated racism, misogyny and homophobia, according to an independent review commissioned after a young woman was raped and killed by a serving officer.
The Metropolitan Police Service, which has more than 34,000 officers and is Britain's biggest police force, must "change itself" or risk being broken up, the report published Tuesday said.
"It is not our job as the public to keep ourselves safe from the police. It is the police's job to keep us safe as the public," said Louise Casey, an expert on victims' rights and social welfare who led the review. "Far too many Londoners have now lost faith in policing to do that."
The findings ratchet up the pressure for a major overhaul of the Metropolitan Police after a series of scandals involving its treatment of women and minorities. In a preliminary report released in October, Casey found that the department had failed to properly vet and train officers, and had allowed officers to remain on the job even after they were accused of domestic abuse or racial harassment.
Part of the problem is that there is a culture of denial in the department, with leaders adopting a "we know best" attitude that leads them to dismiss outside critics, the review found. Funding cuts, along with the decision to close local police stations and effectively end community policing, also contribute to the situation.