Every Met officer should be re-vetted, according to ex-chief Wayne Couzens.
Following Wayne Couzens’ imprisonment, a former police chief has suggested that EVERY police officer be re-vetted.
Re-vetting all police, according to Parm Sandhu, an ex-chief superintendent of the Metropolitan Police, is critical to restore public trust. “Everyone who works in policing now should be re-vetted,” she told Sky News. All of the folks who went through the vetting process 20 years ago, 30 years ago.” “It needs to be done immediately as an urgent measure to reassure the public and regain the faith and confidence that policing has lost,” she continued, “but it also needs to be done on a regular basis so that we don’t have anyone who comes close to Wayne Couzens’ acts.” Her comments come after Wayne Couzens, a former Met police officer, was sentenced to life in prison for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Sarah Everard, 33.
On 3 March this year, Wayne Couzens, 48, seized Ms Everard when she was walking home in South London under the guise of an arrest.
Despite being drowning in debt and having been probed by Kent police in 2015 for an alleged indecent assault, Couzens was able to pass the vetting process imposed by the Met police.
“Kent Police examined the allegation and the upshot of that investigation was that no further action was taken,” Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said last week concerning Wayne Couzens’ vetting.
Even if Scotland Yard had obtained that information at the time, Mr Ephgrave stated that Couzens was not arrested or questioned before the investigation was ended.
Couzens would have passed the Met police’s vetting process despite this.
The existing vetting process investigates an applicant’s background, but it does not happen on a regular basis.
It also necessitated a level of honesty on the part of officers willing to share information about their shifting personal circumstances.
The murder of Sarah Everard, according to Dave Tucker, head of crime and criminal justice at the College of Policing, has highlighted the significance of looking into how the vetting system works.
“We should assess whether we believe the vetting is acceptable and whether it is being followed,” he said.
“Every single person needs to be evaluated and if something comes up in. “Brinkwire Summary News,” Ms Sandhu told Sky News.