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Police forces ordered to background check every officer

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Police forces are to urgently check every officer and member of staff’s background against the police national computer for crimes and complaints in the wake of the David Carrick scandal.

Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, ordered the checks to ensure no corrupt officers have slipped through the net. She also demanded that the statutory code for vetting police officers be strengthened to ensure police faced “stricter and clearer” checks including employment history, financial status and social media use.

The moves came as Rishi Sunak told MPs that the police needed to address the failings in the Carrick scandal, restore public confidence and ensure the safety of women and girls following the the “truly sickening abuse of power” by the disgraced Metropolitan police officer.

“There will be no place to hide for those who use their position to intimidate those women and girls or those who have failed to act to reprimand and remove those people from office,” said the Prime Minister.

Mr Sunak is due to meet the Met police commissioner Sir Mark Rowley later on Wednesday to make clear the Government and police “must work together to root out the misogyny and predatory behaviour within the police’s ranks to restore public confidence,” said a Home Office spokesman.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said it would ask all police forces to check their officers and staff against national police databases.

The NPCC said this would help identify anyone who has slipped through the net before new vetting standards were introduced in 2017 and ensure anyone unfit to serve can be rooted out.

The Home Office said Mrs Braverman has also asked the College of Policing to strengthen the statutory code of practice for police vetting, making

Police forces are to urgently check every officer and member of staff’s background against the police national computer for crimes and complaints in the wake of the David Carrick scandal. The moves came as Rishi Sunak told MPs that the police needed to address the failings in the Carrick scandal, restore public confidence and ensure the safety of women and girls following the the “truly sickening abuse of power” by the disgraced Metropolitan police officer. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said it would ask all police forces to check their officers and staff against national police databases.

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