Last week, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) published their report following nine linked investigations that found evidence of bullying and discrimination within the ranks.
The report showed evidence of violent racism, misogyny, and harassment that were exchanged via WhatsApp and Facebook messages by officers predominantly based at Charing Cross police station.
Examples of these messages have now been released, including abusive language and content.
Our Interim CEO, Andrew Evans, said,
"We are utterly shocked and disappointed by the behaviour outlined within this IOPC report. As an organisation that champions and celebrates diversity, equality, and inclusion, we are appalled to hear of these unacceptable, unprofessional and shocking actions made by officers between 2016 and 2018 who have a duty to protect all, not harm or discriminate. We call upon the Met Police to review and respond to this report with urgency to ensure serious changes are implemented."
If you have been affected by these recent headlines, we want you to know that support is available.
Our team at SASH will listen to your needs, value your experiences, advocate for your safety, and through our one-to-one and group work programmes offer you the confidence and tools to improve your sexual, reproductive and emotional wellbeing. You can access support and refer yourself through the SASH website.