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Carrick is a prolific, serial sex offender who preyed on women over a period of many years

The Met today condemned a serving officer’s heinous criminal actions after he pleaded guilty to multiple rapes and other serious sexual offences. David Carrick entered guilty pleas to false imprisonment, indecent assault, and four counts of rape at Southwark Crown Court today (Monday, 16 January). On Tuesday, December 13th, he pleaded guilty to 43 charges, including 20 counts of rape and additional counts of controlling and coercive behaviour and sexual assault at the Old Bailey. He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a hearing at Southwark Crown Court on Monday, February 6th. On behalf of the Metropolitan Police, I want to apologise to the women who have suffered at the hands of David Carrick,” said Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray, the Met’s lead for Professionalism. “I applaud their extraordinary bravery in coming forward and reporting the heinous crimes they witnessed. “Carrick is a prolific, serial sex offender who preyed on women over a period of many years, abusing his position as a police officer and committing the most horrific, degrading crimes. “He has wreaked havoc on the lives of women. He has had a devastating impact on the trust and confidence that we have worked so hard to earn among women and girls. He has devastated his coworkers. “He used his position as a cop to control and coerce his victims. We know they were hesitant to speak up sooner because he told them they would not be believed. “We should have spotted his pattern of abusive behaviour and because we didn’t, we missed opportunities to remove him from the organisation. “We are truly sorry that Carrick was able to continue to use his role as a police officer to prolong the suffering of his victims. I would also like to acknowledge the work of Hertfordshire Constabulary officers, whose thorough investigation has saved Carrick’s victims from the ordeal of a trial.” When Carrick was charged with rape in October 2021, the Met launched an investigation into his service, his conduct and complaints record, any occasions on which he had come to the attention of the police, and his vetting. It was discovered that he was on police systems for a number of off-duty incidents that occurred both before and after his employment as a police officer. These incidents occurred both within the Met’s force area and in the areas of other forces. Except for his arrest in October 2021, none of these incidents resulted in criminal charges at the time. However, a detailed examination of the overall case history reveals a pattern of behaviour that should have raised concerns regardless of the outcome of individual incidents. “The duration and nature of Carrick’s offending is unprecedented in policing,” AC Gray added. However, he is not the only Met officer who has recently been charged with serious sexual offences. “We are determined and focused in our efforts to identify and remove corrupt officers from the Met. “As the Commissioner has stated, we will remain tenacious in our pursuit of those who engage in corrupt or criminal behaviour, employing all available tactics and techniques.” In response to His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services’ recent report, as well as the interim findings of the Baroness Casey review, the Met has invested millions of pounds and hired over 400 additional officers and staff to identify and investigate offenders within the police service. A dedicated Domestic Abuse and Sexual Offending investigation team of over 50 experienced investigators has been formed to target any officer or staff member who may be involved in domestic abuse or sexual offences. All current officers and staff who have previously been the subject of allegations of sexual offending or domestic abuse that were not proven and were not the subject of misconduct hearings are being reviewed on an ongoing basis. A new Anti-Corruption and Abuse Command is investigating and identifying officers and staff who abuse their positions of trust, whether on or off duty, in person or online, as part of a proactive investigation. Significant investment has been made in intelligence capabilities and the skills of specialised investigators. A thorough audit of national police databases is underway to identify intelligence and information about officers and staff that the organisation may not be aware of. An internal appeal has been issued urging Met officers and staff to report corruption and abuse, and for the first time in policing, an anti-corruption and abuse hotline has been established in collaboration with Crimestoppers, where the public can anonymously report Met officers and staff who abuse their positions of power and trust. More information on David Carrick: Carrick was arrested in October 2021 and his licence was suspended immediately. Hertfordshire Constabulary conducted a thorough and complex investigation, culminating in the guilty pleas entered at court. Throughout the investigation, Met officers have provided every possible assistance and cooperation. Carrick’s pay was suspended as soon as he entered his first guilty pleas, and the accelerated misconduct process began, culminating in a hearing in his absence on Tuesday, January 17. After Carrick was charged, a thorough investigation was conducted into his career history, any complaints received during his service, instances where he came to the attention of police, and his vetting. History of employment: Carrick began working for the Met in 2001. He began his career as a response officer in Merton and Barnet. He was transferred to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in 2009 and remained there until his arrest and suspension in October 2021. He had never worked for another police department. Complaints from the general public: During his Met career, Carrick received five complaints from members of the public. They were all received between 2002 and 2008 and had nothing to do with sexuality. Carrick was accused of being rude to members of the public in two complaints. These were investigated and dealt with locally by management action. Three more complaints about incivility and use of force were received but later withdrawn or dismissed. Off-duty concerns: We discovered that Carrick had been apprehended by the Met and other forces on nine* occasions prior to October 2021, but on none of those occasions had he been charged with a crime. 2000 (MPS) (MPS) Prior to joining the police force, he was a suspect in two crimes involving the same female victim. The first involved an allegation of malicious communications, and the second of burglary. The victim was a former business partner. Carrick had refused to accept that their relationship was over. He was not arrested, and no further action was taken against him in connection with either allegation. *The two allegations listed above are counted separately because they were reported at different times during the same year. 2002 (MPS) (MPS) Carrick was accused of harassing and assaulting a former coworker. He was not arrested, and no further action in connection with the criminal investigation was taken. This occurred after he began his police career, but the matter was not referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards. The Independent Office for Police Conduct has been informed about this matter and our investigation (IOPC). 2004 (MPS) (MPS) Carrick had been involved in a domestic dispute. He was not arrested because no criminal charges were filed against him. Because there was no criminal allegation, the matter was not referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards. 2009 (Herts) (Herts) Officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary responded to a third-party report of a domestic incident involving Carrick. There were no criminal charges filed against him, and he was not arrested. Hertfordshire records indicate that Met supervisors were notified at the time of the incident, but no record of this has been found on Met systems. There appears to have been no formal referral to the Met. 2016 (Hants) (Hants) Carrick was initially named as a suspect in a Hampshire Police investigation into harassment. He was not arrested, and the case was later closed. 2017 (TVP) (TVP) We understand that Carrick was approached by Thames Valley Police officers after being ejected from a Reading nightclub for being inebriated. This information was provided by a third party, and no record of the incident exists on police systems. Carrick was not arrested, according to reports, and the case was not referred to the Met. 2019 (Herts) (Herts) Carrick was accused of assaulting a woman during a domestic incident handled by Hertfordshire Constabulary officers, specifically grabbing her by the neck. There was no further action taken. The matter was referred to the Met, and Carrick was advised to notify his chain of command about any off-duty incidents. Following the decision not to pursue the criminal allegation further, it was determined that he had no case to answer for misconduct. The IOPC has been informed about this matter and our review of it. 2021 (Herts) (Herts) Carrick was arrested in July 2021 by Hertfordshire Constabulary on suspicion of rape. The victim ultimately decided not to pursue the case, and no further action was taken in August. The victim was later interviewed again as part of the ongoing investigation, and the offences she revealed are among those to which Carrick has pleaded guilty in court. At the time, the 2021 case was referred to the Met, and Carrick was placed on restricted duty. When the criminal allegation was dropped, it was determined that he had no case to answer in relation to any misconduct issues, and the restrictions were lifted in September, though Carrick never returned to full duties. The IOPC has been informed about this matter and our review of it. If these incidents had occurred today, we are more confident that they would have been identified as part of a pattern of behaviour requiring further investigation, even if individual allegations were dropped. Cases in which no further action is taken in relation to criminal allegations are now more likely to be interrogated further in order to identify any underlying concerns. We have a dedicated team of officers in our Directorate of Professional Standards who are taking allegations forward, assisting victims, and ensuring we build evidence against officers where we believe they have a case to answer. Vetting: Carrick was vetted when he first joined the Met in 2001 and again in 2017. His vetting was successful on both occasions, but we know the vetting requirements (the types of checks performed) were not as stringent for either of these clearances as they are now. After ten years of service, he should have been re-vetted. Delays in officer re-vetting have previously been identified as an area where the Met needs to improve, and significant progress has already been made. The Met’s vetting policy has evolved significantly in recent years and is now far more robust. We are confident that anyone applying to join the Met today with the same pre-employment history would not be vetted. A review of Carrick’s case found that if he had been re-vetted following his arrest in 2021 using current procedures, he would not have received vetting clearance. If an officer or staff member is arrested or is being investigated for a serious offence, a full review of that individual’s circumstances, including the possibility of re-vetting, is now carried out. This is a departure from the previous approach, which did not always result in a vetting review being considered. One of the focuses of ongoing reviews is vetting, and any learning identified in this case will be applied to those pieces of work.

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