Every police officer to be checked and urgent review into vetting after case of rapist PC David Carrick

Forces have been asked to urgently check all officers and staff against national police databases and make their recruitment procedures more robust after the David Carrick rape case, a Home Office minister has said.

Robert Jenrick told Sky News' The Take with Sophy Ridge that "a culture has arisen over a long period of time" within the Metropolitan Police in particular that "now needs to be changed".

He has "confidence", he said, that Sir Mark Rowley, the recently appointed Met Police commissioner, will be able to "get on and deliver that".

"Firstly, we are conducting a review urgently on the vetting and recruitment procedures in policing," Mr Jenrick said.

"And we have asked a very experienced former judge to do that piece of work for us, and that is going to look at how people get into the service, what checks are put in place when they are promoted and how generally this culture of misogyny and prejudice has risen within the force."

Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, agreed on the need for tighter procedures, telling Sky News there needed to be a "proper overhaul on vetting and standards".

Carrick, 48, a Metropolitan Police officer for more than 20 years, was found to be one of Britain's most prolific sex offenders after he admitted dozens of rapes and sexual offences in attacks on 12 women.

The National Police Chiefs' Council has asked all forces to double-check their officers to find anyone who is "simply not fit to wear the uniform".

In a statement earlier today, the Home Office said: "This will help identify anyone who has slipped through the net before vetting standards were toughened and ensure those who are unfit to serve can be rooted out.

"The government will do whatever it takes to root out misogyny and predatory behaviour from the ranks of the police."

Suella Braverman, the home secretary, described Carrick's "sickening crimes" as a "stain on the police" and said he should "never have been allowed to remain as an officer for so long".

"We are taking immediate steps to ensure predatory individuals are not only rooted out of the force, but that vetting and standards are strengthened to ensure they cannot join the police in the first place," she added.

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Calls for Carrick's state pension to be blocked

Ms Braverman has also said she supports an effort began by Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, to have Carrick's state-funded pension, reported to be £22,000 a year, forfeited.

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime has said it will submit a forfeiture request to Ms Braverman after Carrick is sentenced next month.

PM promises police reforms

Rishi Sunak met Sir Mark on Wednesday and afterwards promised reforms to make sure rogue police officers have "no place to hide" after the abuse of power by Carrick.

The prime minister said he and the Met commissioner had "constructive" talks and he "made clear to him - and he agrees - that the abuse of power that we have seen this week is absolutely despicable and it needs to be addressed immediately".

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The Met apologised after it emerged that Carrick came to the attention of officers over nine previous incidents, including claims of rape and domestic violence - but faced no criminal sanctions or misconduct findings over those allegations.

The Home Office has also launched a review of the police disciplinary system to make sure officers who "fall short of the high standards expected of them" can be sacked.

More than 1,000 Metropolitan Police officers and staff who have previously been accused of domestic abuse or sexual offences have their cases reviewed in a process taking four months.