Metropolitan Police put under special measures over ‘critical shortcomings’

The Met Police is being put under special measures by the police watchdog after several scandals revealed “serious or critical shortcomings” in the force. 

The decision by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services will place Scotland Yard under additional scrutiny, require the force to report to inspectors more frequently and potentially mean it would need to meet certain targets, according to the Times.

In a statement to the Telegraph, the police watchdog confirmed that it is “now monitoring the Met Police Service” through its “engagement process which provides additional scrutiny and support to help it make improvements”. 

When asked if this meant the force would be placed under special measures, the spokesman said: “Yes.”

The move comes after the embattled police force has been rocked by scandal after scandal. This includes the Met facing a fresh investigation over its handling of the murders of four gay men by Stephen Port, and a damning report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct that exposed a disturbing pattern of homophobia, bullying and harassment within the Met

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