Top cop responds to racism and corruption claims at Met Police

11:31 13 May 2012

File photo dated 04/07/11 of President of the Association of Chief Police Officers Sir Hugh Orde PIC: John Giles/PA Wire

File photo dated 04/07/11 of President of the Association of Chief Police Officers Sir Hugh Orde PIC: John Giles/PA Wire

One of Britain’s top policemen insists allegations of racism and corruption in the Metropolitan Police must be “robustly” dealt with.

Sir Hugh Orde, the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers was speaking as allegations of corruption surfaced in the investigation by the Met into the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence, 19 years ago.

“Is this an endemically racist police service - no it isn’t. Will you get individuals who behave way outside the bounds of respectability, yes you will,” Sir Hugh said.

“You have to do deal with it very robustly, very quickly and very effectively, and my sense is that is what the Met commissioner is doing. ...I don’t think there is endemic or institutional racism in policing.”

Sir Hugh said the police were not institutionally corrupt.

A Met commander probing Lawrence’s murder was alleged to have a relationship with M25 killer Kenneth Noye. No criminal or misconduct charges were brought following a internal investigation by Scotland Yard.

It was also alleged another Scotland Yard officer, who interviewed the suspects following Stephen’s killing, had links to Clifford Norris.

“The best indicator of corrupt cops for me - do we prosecute police officers for speeding? All the time. You ask cops in other countries if they’d prosecute another cop for speeding, they’d look at you in abject horror,” said Sir Hugh

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, May 22, 2015
The woman was dragged through the gates of Brockwell Park in Brixton and raped

A 41-year-old woman was dragged into Brockwell Park in Herne Hill, near Brixton, before being raped by two men.

Friday, May 22, 2015
Three people were injured in the violent burglary

Three people were viciously attacked by a trio of burglars wielding hammers, knives and crowbars at the General Elliott pub in St John’s Road, Uxbridge.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
A man and a woman were assaulted at this quiet train station in Enfield [Photograph from Google StreetView]

Two men have been arrested after a young couple were pushed onto the train tracks at Turkey Street station on Thursday April 2.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
The man was attacked as he waited for the Tube at West Ham station [Photograph by Chris McKenna]

A man was injured in an unprovoked attack with a makeshift knuckleduster at West Ham Tube station, and British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for witnesses.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Chief Inspector Paul Cahill will appear in court

A top gay police officer who was awarded an MBE has been summonsed to court today on drugs charges.

Thursday, May 21, 2015
The thieves used a heavy duty drill to bore through the vault

Eight men will appear in court today charged in connection with the Hatton Garden jewellery heist.

Breaking News

Friday, May 22, 2015

There are severe delays on the Central Line after a woman was hit by a Tube train.

Read more

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more