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Baroness Louise Casey to lead independent review into Met Police following Sarah Everard murder

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Baroness Louise Casey of Blackstock will lead an independent review into the Metropolitan Police’s culture and standards in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder, the force has announced.

The review will look into the current leadership of the force and its recruitment, vetting and training of officers.

Met Commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, said: “The appointment of Baroness Casey to lead the independent review in to our culture and standards is an important step in our journey to rebuild public trust.

“Louise is extremely experienced and highly respected and I know will ask the difficult questions needed for this thorough review. This will build a stronger Met, ensure lasting improvement our service to London and public confidence in us.”

Baroness Louise Casey of Blackstock will lead the review of culture and standards at the Metropolitan Police
Image: The review led by Baroness Casey is expected to take about six months

An urgent examination is already under way into all current investigations of sexual and domestic abuse allegations against Met Police officers and staff.

Dame Cressida said the review would make sure the “victim has been properly supported and that the investigation is suitably thorough”.

Ms Everard, 33, was raped and killed by Wayne Couzens, a then-serving policeman, who abducted her as she walked home in south London on 3 March.

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Last week, Couzens was sentenced to life in prison. The Old Bailey heard how he abused his position as an officer to stop the marketing executive, who had broken coronavirus lockdown rules by visiting a friend.

During the investigation it emerged Couzens had been linked to an alleged indecent exposure incident as far back as 2015.
Image: Last week Couzens was sentenced to life in prison at the Old Bailey in London

On Wednesday, Home Secretay Priti Patel she would launch an inquiry into the Everard case, which Baroness Casey will head up over the next six months.

She said: “Trust is given to the police by our, the public’s, consent. So any acts that undermine that trust must be examined and fundamentally changed.

“This will no doubt be a difficult task but we owe it to the victims and families this has affected and the countless decent police officers this has brought into disrepute.”