An investigation into how she was able to kidnap, rape and murder Sarah Everard, a serving Metropolitan Police officer, will look to see if there were any “red flags left” earlier in her career.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has published the terms of reference for the first phase of the Angiolini inquiry – named after Dame Elish Angiolini QC – which will consider the “systemic failures” that led to Ms Everard’s killer as a police officer. allowed to be appointed. ,
Wayne Couzens is now serving a life sentence in prison, which means he will never be released.
The Home Office said the first part of the investigation will begin soon and is intended to end this year to ensure “the family gets the answers they need”.
It will try to install:
– A timeline of Couzens’ career and “relevant events” including “prior allegations of criminal behavior and/or misconduct”.
– The circumstances and decisions surrounding his vetting and re-examination, including “any potential risks and/or red flags that were missed” as well as any matters arising from his transfer between forces.
– their overall conduct, performance, training and any abuse of their police powers.
– the extent to which any issues regarding their behavior, particularly in relation to women, were “known and raised by colleagues” including professional standards departments and senior leaders.
The inquiry will analyze documents from the Metropolitan Police, Civil Nuclear Constabulary and Kent Police, as well as consider interviews, statements of witnesses and the findings of the Independent Office for Police Conduct Inquiry.
The findings of the first part of the investigation will inform the second part – which will look at “broader issues” arising from policing and women’s safety.
Ms Patel said: “I am determined to understand the failures that enabled a serving officer to commit such a heinous crime – we would like to offer an explanation for Sarah’s family and loved ones, and we should be able to help as such.” Everything in our power is needed to stop anything from happening again.
“The terms of reference agreed today for the Angiolini inquiry are important and will lead to learning and recommendations for policing and others. I have assured Dame Eilish that I will give this investigation to the public and the Everard family to ensure an early response.” There is full support.”
Dame Eilish, a former Lord Advocate for Scotland, described the publication of the terms of reference as “an important step forward in furthering this important investigation and to ensure Sarah’s family and the wider public have a more complete understanding and explanation of the causes and factors involved.” are contributing to this tragic and tragic murder.”
Although a non-statutory inquiry has been instituted, it can be converted into a statutory inquiry, where witnesses can be compelled to testify if required.
The Reclaim These Streets campaign said: “Women deserve a statutory investigation, which addresses the issue of misogyny at Met Head, whose heart lies in the voices of victims and their families, and which the Weather Police cannot ignore.” In its current form, this inquiry will not fulfill that.”
It said that by focusing only on Couzens, the investigation “perpetuates the bad apple myth” and fails to deal with the bad behavior of other officers.
The scope should be widened and investigations legalized to ensure that victims and their families, including Everard, are prime participants with access to free independent legal representation, and that information is not withheld and whistleblowers are protected, on these streets. retrieve the.