An Overview of the Report’s Findings

The recent review of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London has delivered a scathing critique of the force’s handling of cases involving abuse and violence against women and girls. The 363-page report, authored by Baroness Louise Casey, found that the MPS had allowed a culture of misogyny, sexism, racism, and homophobia to fester within its ranks, and that this had facilitated the perpetuation of predatory behavior by some officers. The report also highlighted the fact that the MPS had failed to adequately protect members of the public and female staff from abuse.

The Failure to Protect Women

The report found that the MPS had been unable to safeguard women from police officers who were perpetrators of domestic abuse and those who used their positions for sexual purposes. It further revealed that violence against women and girls had not been taken as seriously as other forms of violence and that it had not received sufficient resourcing or prioritization. The review was initiated after the conviction of Wayne Couzens, a serving Metropolitan Police officer, for the kidnap, rape, and murder of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old London woman in March 2021.

Response to the Report’s Findings

Mark Rowley, the Police Commissioner, issued an apology for the MPS’s failings and pledged to address the systemic issues highlighted in the report. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, described the report’s findings as damning and called for all recommendations to be implemented quickly and in full. Home Secretary Suella Braverman acknowledged the serious failures of culture and leadership within the MPS and praised the many officers who perform their duties with the utmost professionalism but who have been let down by the behavior of others.

The Report’s Recommendations

The review called for a root-to-branch overhaul of the MPS’s systems and for recruitment and vetting procedures to be improved to prevent the abuse of power. It also recommended that the MPS’s internal misconduct system be reviewed, highlighting that cases took too long to resolve and that the burden of raising concerns was too high. The report criticized the MPS’s failure to effectively weed out bad officers and the existence of too many places for people to hide.


The author of the report noted that too many Londoners had lost faith in the MPS’s ability to protect them and called on the force to reform itself. The review’s findings have highlighted the urgent need for the MPS to undertake comprehensive reform and to implement the report’s recommendations in full, in order to restore public trust. The future of the MPS, and indeed its ability to serve and protect the public, will be dependent on the actions taken in response to this report.