100 disgraced Met cops can’t be trusted to speak to the public – but the scandal-hit squad can’t fire them

The scandal-ridden Met Police have 100 officers who can’t be trusted to speak to the public – but neither can they be fired.

Sir Mark Rowley, chief of the London force, described the situation as “completely insane”.

The scandal-ridden Met Police have 100 officers who can't be trusted to speak to the public - but neither can they be fired

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The scandal-ridden Met Police have 100 officers who can’t be trusted to speak to the public – but neither can they be firedCredit: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Overall, one in ten officers – around 3,000 – is not available for full duties due to misconduct or illness. Around 500 of them are suspended or on reduced service.

But he said he lacked the strength to get rid of her.

Sir Mark called for a change to the rules on misconduct when officers are fired.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I have around 100 officers in the organization who are subject to very restrictive terms and conditions because quite frankly we don’t trust them to speak to members of the public.

“It’s completely insane that I have to use people like that as police officers who can’t be trusted to have contact with the public. It is ridiculous.”

He added it was “perverse” that he couldn’t fire her.

However, he stressed that many of the unavailable police officers had “legitimate” health reasons.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Met Police Federation, said: “The bigger picture includes long NHS waits, outsourced occupational medicine by phone, all coupled with a toxic long working hours and low support culture.”

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