Women police officers are afraid to report male colleagues, according to a former Met chief superintendent.
In the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder, Scotland Yard has faced questions over how Wayne Couzens managed to remain in the force without being detected as a potential threat to women.
Former senior officer Parm Sandhu said she has been “vilified” when she raised concerns about how she was being treated.
In a new interview, she said women were too scared to report male colleagues because they fear they will not receive back up when in danger.
She told BBC Radio 4’s The World At One: “The police service is very sexist and misogynistic. A lot of women will not report their colleagues.
“What happens is that male police officers will then close ranks and the fear that most women police officers have got is that when you are calling for help, you press that emergency button or your radio, they’re not going to turn up and you’re going to get kicked in in the street.
“So you have got to be very careful which battles you can fight and which ones you can actually win.”
The former officer joined the Met in 1989 and eventually became a chief superintendent, one of the highest ranking female Asian officers in its 189-year history.
From 1989 to 1994 she worked across East London Boroughs involved in mainly hate and domestic violence investigations.
She was given responsibility for Community and Youth involvement Police Volunteer Cadets and Young people vulnerable from being involved in crime.
Sandhu led an anti-corruption team set up to examine record-keeping in the Met following Stephen Lawrence’s murder in Eltham, South East London, in 1993.
Also, she worked on policing the London Olympics and become borough commander for Richmond in West London.
Ms Sandhu retired from the Met Police in 2019.