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The Casey Review and Report

Recognising the grave levels of public concern following the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard by a serving Met officer and other deeply troubling incidents, the Metropolitan Police Service (the Met) appointed Baroness Louise Casey to lead an independent review of its culture and standards of behaviour. The review began in February 2022 and completed in March 2023, when the final report and recommendations were published.

The Baroness Casey Review Final Report is an independent review into the standards of behaviour and internal culture of the Metropolitan Police Service.
Baroness Casey Review Final Report | March 2023

The Baroness Casey's Report on Misconduct sets out the evidence to support Baroness Casey’s conclusions about the current misconduct system in the Metropolitan Police Service (the Met) as set out in her letter of 17th October 2022 to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.
Baroness Casey's Report on Misconduct | October 2022


  1. There are systemic and fundamental problems in how the Met is run
  2. The Met has not managed the integrity of its own police service
  3. The Met’s new leadership represent a welcome change of tone and approach. However, deep-seated cultures need to be tackled in order for change to be sustained
  4. Londoners have been put last
  5. London’s women and children have been left even further behind
  6. The Met lacks accountability and transparency
  7. Discrimination is tolerated, not dealt with and has become baked into the system
  8. The Met is in danger of losing its way – consent is broken

Recommendations: Fixing the Met

  1. Cleaning up the Met
  2. A new offer to women and children
  3. Building trust with London’s communities to restore consent
  4. A new police deal for Londoners
  5. New leadership and new management
  6. New oversight and accountability
  7. Showing London that reform is working

Chapter 9.1: Homophobia (pg. 243)

9.1.1 LGBT+ officers and staff: the view from the inside (pg. 244)
9.1.3 The Met and the LGBTQ+ community: the view from the outside (pg. 249)
9.1.4 conclusion (pg. 257)

We have seen that over half of LGBTQ+ Londoners do not have confidence in the Met to treat people equally and fairly. The Met needs to make its external engagement more meaningful, listen more rather than being on ‘transmit’, and start to rebuild trust.

The Met’s institutional defensiveness and concern to maintain its reputation, and its reluctance to listen to and accept that problems are down to anything other than a procedural mishap or the failings of one or two officers, risks significantly alienating officers, staff and the LGBTQ+ community. This defensiveness is getting in the way of rebuilding trust with the LGBTQ+ community.

The Review finds the Met to be institutionally homophobic.

Louise Casey criticises Met chief's response to damning report | The Guardian | 22 Mar 2023 | 3m 39s
MPs shocked as the full extent of the Met's racism, sexism, and homophobia is revealed | The Guardian | 16m 30s

The Observer view on the serial failings of the Metropolitan police | The Guardian | 26 Mar 2023
 Stephen Lawrence’s father says lack of change in Met disrespects family’s loss | The Guardian | 24 Mar 2023
Khan criticises Rowley’s refusal to describe Met as institutionally biased | The Guardian | 21 Mar 2023
Braverman accused of ‘dangerous’ complacency in tackling police failings | The Guardian | 21 Mar 2023
Met police on ‘last chance’ as Casey report to condemn failure to change | The Guardian | 16 Mar 2023
Dominic Raab defends Met police as damning Casey report looms | The Guardian | 17 Mar 2023
Met chief says 800 officers investigated over sexual and domestic abuse claims | BBC News | 16 Jan 2023

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