Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid has admitted feeling ‘frightened’ about women being at risk after the Met Police review found the force to be ‘institutionally racist, misogynist and homophobic’.
The damning report, commissioned in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard, warned that it’s not up to the public to ‘keep ourselves safe from the police’.
Across the 363-page review, the force is accused of failing to protect women from abusive officers, and says violence against women and girls has not been taken as seriously as other forms of violence.
Speaking alongside Ed Balls on Tuesday’s GMB, Susanna read out aspects of the review during a chat with Met Police commissioner Sir Mark Rowley.
She said: ‘One officer said, “If you look at our performance around rape, serious sexual offences, the detection rate is so low, you may as well say, it’s legal in London.”
‘And honestly, as I read that Sir Mark Rowley, I actually feel frightened.
‘Because that sort of message going out is not a helpful one to women in London.
‘What can you say today to reassure women in London who are at risk?’
Sir Mark replied: ‘Certainly we want victims to come forward, this year we’ve detected and solved around 200 more rapes than we did last year, victims are coming forward and we are doing a better job.’
He added: ‘Because victims have got more confidence in the last decade, we have four times the amount of rapes reported today than we did a decade ago.
‘That’s both good news, because it’s so underreported, it’s great more people are coming forward, that that’s created stretch in those departments that the resourcing and the decisions we made in recent year haven’t kept pace.
‘I’m trying to organise my resources as best to do that, the women can come forward and trust my people to do a good case with their cases.’
Sir Mark’s comments, including saying the report was ‘deeply sobering’, follow the review which included a gay officer saying he’s ‘scared of the police’ after colleagues ‘planned to target him with stop and search while he is off-duty and spread false rumours that he takes recreational drugs and has been involved in sexual relationships with senior officers’.
Meanwhile, a black officer who allegedly had a coercive relationship with a senior colleague, spoke of how she feels forced to be invisible at work – saying ’it’s a ‘learn your place’ culture, except your place is never there.’
Author Baroness Casey has called for a ‘complete overhaul’ of the force, which has been accused of having a ‘tick box’ approach to a slew of previous negative reports, instead choosing to place blame on ‘bad apples’.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV1.
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