FOLLOWING a damning review of the Metropolitan Police, the crime commissioner has given her full backing to reforms being carried in Devon by new Chief Constable Will Kerr.
Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, was responding after the year long review by Baroness Casey condemned ‘systematic failures’ in the Met police.
Women and children have been failed by the Metropolitan Police, with racism, misogyny, and homophobia at the heart of the force, the blistering review says.
Baroness Casey says a ‘boys' club’ culture is rife and the force could be dismantled if it does not improve.
Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: ‘The Metropolitan Police officers responsible for the unacceptable behaviour and practices identified by Baroness Casey do a disservice to their colleagues and the public.
‘While Devon and Cornwall Police has always had a distinct culture and its roots in a neighbourhood model there are elements of this report that make for uncomfortable reading for all those working in UK policing.
‘The Met’s failings highlight the need for strong and effective public oversight and governance for police forces and underline the importance of having an elected Police and Crime Commissioner who can hold the Chief Constable to account for delivery of an effective police force, a feature that is not present in London.
‘Devon and Cornwall’s Chief Constable Will Kerr, recently appointed by me, is creating a force that is more visible and accessible to the communities we serve.
‘He has a strong focus on the difficult issues which need addressing in vetting and misconduct. This approach is key to maintaining the public confidence upon which an effective police service depends.’