Met Police Chief Apologizes as Report Finds 'Systemic' Failures

Metropolitan Police Chief Mark Rowley apologized to Londoners on March 21, after a year-long review found women and children had been failed by the service, with racism, misogyny, and homophobia also found to be at the heart of the force.

The 363-page report, lead by Baroness Casey, said a “boys’ club” culture was widespread across the force, with “mistreatment of women a feature of that culture.”

Casey’s report detailed numerous reports of institutional racism, misogyny and homophobia. There are examples of racist officers and staff, and the force has “deep-seated homophobia,” the report says.

Speaking in a video message, Rowley said the report was “deeply sobering.” He said: “We fully accept the findings of the Casey review and have a determination to implement them … I’m sorry we’ve let you all down and we will fix this.”

The Met published a draft of its turnaround plan in January, and said a final version would be published in late spring. Credit: Metropolitan Police via Storyful