Statement from IOPC Director General Michael Lockwood on publication of Baroness Casey's interim report

Published: 17 Oct 2022

IOPC Director General Michael Lockwood said:

“I welcome the findings of Baroness Casey’s interim report into the current state of the misconduct system in the Metropolitan Police Service.

“The review highlights issues which we have raised through our own work.

“Our Op Hotton investigation - which uncovered underlying cultural issues around bullying and discrimination at Charing Cross police station, making colleagues unwilling to report bad behaviour – made 15 learning recommendations which were all accepted by the force.

“And in June, following our joint investigation – alongside the College of Policing and His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services – into a super-complaint by the Centre for Women’s Justice, we urged all chief constables to act on our findings that forces needed to improve on how they internally respond to domestic abuse allegations against officers and staff.

“I am encouraged by Sir Mark Rowley’s frank response to Baroness Casey’s findings. The Met now has an opportunity to take positive action to address the issues raised in Baroness Casey’s report and I urge them to do so.”

  • Discrimination
  • Domestic abuse