David Carrick: ‘Bastard Dave’ sacked from Met police after reign of terror
Serial rapist David Carrick has been sacked by the Metropolitan Police after he admitted a series of rapes, sexual abuse, and violent crimes against women.
The 48-year-old PC served in the Met from 2001, including 11 years as a firearms officer in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.
Carrick wielded his status as a police officer in his sexual offending, using the role to “charm” women and then silencing them with threats that they would never be believed over him.
Some of the victims said Carrick told them initially: “I am a police officer, you are safe with me.”
However, the PC has now admitted 49 charges against 12 women between 2003 and 2020, including 48 incidents of rape, subjecting women to violence and degradation, and controlling behaviour.
At a fast-tracked misconduct hearing on Tuesday, Assistant Commissioner Louisa Rolfe found Carrick guilty of gross misconduct and fired him from the force with immediate effect.
“PC Carrick’s multiple convictions for multiple serious offences plainly discredits the police service and undermines public confidence in it”, she said.
She acknowledged the “courage and suffering” of Carrick’s victims, adding: “This is a sickening and horrific case with far reaching consequences for policing. I truly hope to never see its like again.”
Carrick, who is currently in custody awaiting sentence next month, did not respond to the misconduct notice against him and was not represented during the hearing.
His Met Police pay was stopped after his first guilty pleas last December, more than a year after he was first charged with rape.
Carrick is known to have flashed his warrant card at the start of one date with a woman who later accused him of rape, he boasted about his elite role protecting sensitive sites including Parliament, and revealing his force nickname ‘Bastard Dave’.
Herts Police, who investigated Carrick, said several victims did not come forward at the time of the offences due to Carrick’s status as a police officer, fearing their allegations would be dismissed.
The case of Carrick has plunged the Met into a fresh crisis, as it was revealed that more than 1,000 officers and staff are being probed over historic allegations of domestic abuse and sexual offences.
Sir Mark Rowley, the Met Commissioner, has called the Carrick case a “spectacular failure” by his force, as several opportunities to root him out were missed.
Carrick passed the initial vetting despite being the suspect in a previous police investigation into his behaviour towards an ex-girlfriend, and did not face misconduct proceedings during his policing career despite facing a series of allegations from women.
In July 2021, Carrick was first accused of rape but was not suspended, and then found himself returned to frontline policing within a few weeks without further action.