Met Police apologises over forces' David Carrick failure
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They say the ex-armed PC should forfeit the income as he abused a position of trust for nearly two decades.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman supports the move and will consider a formal application by London Mayor Sadiq Khan for Carrick to be deprived of the money.
Carrick, 48, faces multiple life jail terms after admitting 49 charges relating to 12 women including 24 of rape.
He was fired from the Met and it is unlikely he will receive the part of his pension paid by the force. The Mayor wants to take away all of the money.
A spokesman for Mr Khan said: “The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime will pursue pension forfeiture through an application to the Home Secretary as it is clear that Carrick committed offences in connection with his service.” The Met Police said it was working with the Mayor’s aides in pursuing the forfeiture.
Home Office Minister Robert Jenrick told ITV’s Good Morning Britain “there are very strong arguments” for scrapping the pension. He added on Sky News: “This disgusting individual should not benefit” from his years in the Metropolitan Police.
The move to deprive Carrick of his own contributions may face a tough test in the courts. Past judgments said an officer’s pension can be forfeited by up to 65 per cent – as made by their force – but not by their personal financial contributions.
The case has triggered a review of more than 1,000 Met officers and staff who have come under suspicion of sex crimes and domestic abuse. Carrick will be sentenced in early February.
Meanwhile the Home Office has ordered Chief Constables to launch a thorough review of sex crime allegations against serving police officers, to ensure that “no-one has slipped through the net”.
Ms Braverman added: “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.”
Rishi Sunak told MPs yesterday: “The police must address the failings in this case, restore public confidence and ensure the safety of women.”
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