The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has welcomed the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) acceptance of 15 recommendations designed to tackle underlying cultural issues after Operation Hotton revealed bullying and discrimination within the ranks. The MPS has agreed to publicly commit to a position of zero-tolerance on racism, misogyny, bullying and harassment, as well as making a public commitment to being an anti-racist organisation.
IOPC Regional Director Sal Naseem described the MPS response as an important step towards recovering public trust and confidence. Inappropriate behaviour by officers, including, racism, misogyny, harassment and the exchange of offensive social media messages, was highlighted in the IOPC’s Operation Hotton learning report, published in February. It followed nine linked investigations focused on teams formed to tackle crime and disorder in the Westminster area.