Former Met Police officers investigated over how they handled vile claims made against serial rapist cop David Carrick | The Sun
FORMER Met Police officers are being investigated over how they handled allegations made against serial rapist cop David Carrick.
The police watchdog revealed they are probing the conduct of ten former officers and staff following the alleged blunders.
Carrick, 48, tortured his victims as he abused his position in the police to "charm and beguile" them in a 17 year reign of terror.
He was given 36 life sentences after admitting 49 charges – including 24 counts of rape.
Shockingly, it also emerged Carrick came to police attention nine times before his arrest after rape and domestic violence allegations were made against him.
Five serving officers – a detective constable, detective sergeant, detective inspector and two chief inspectors – are under investigation for gross misconduct.
A former Met officer, now at the City of London Police, and two retired officers – an ex-PC and former superintendent – have also been advised they are under investigation for gross misconduct.
One serving Met staff member and a Met PC are being probed for misconduct, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) confirmed.
Carrick worked for the Met's Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command unit – the same department as Sarah Everard's killer Wayne Couzens.
The fiend, whose colleagues branded him "B*****d Dave", would flash his warrant card to lure the women into a false sense of security and told them: "I’m a police officer, you can trust me”.
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He would appear charming at first before spending time "developing relationships to sustain his appetite for degradation and control".
Carrick forced women to clean his home naked, carried out degrading acts against them, cut them off from family including their children and whipped them with belts.
One victim was forced into a tiny cupboard smaller than a dog crate, while others were forced to perform sex acts until they "fought for breath".
Carrick also controlled how much they ate and when they slept, telling them: “You’re only allowed to eat this much of an apple today”.
The monster would abuse his position in the police to terrify his victims into silence.
He first served in the Military before becoming a Met Police officer from August 2001.
Eight years later, a domestic abuse complaint was made against him but no further action was taken.
The woman who made the allegation is one of the 12 victims.
In 2019, Carrick was accused of assault and criminal damage but again, no action was taken.
Shockingly, he was cleared to return to work just weeks after first being accused of rape.
The predator was not even subjected to a fresh round of vetting as a result of the July 2021 rape allegation.
And he passed vetting back in 2001 despite being accused of burglary and malicious communications when a relationship ended.
IOPC regional director Mel Palmer said: "After carrying out an initial scoping review of police handling of allegations against Carrick earlier this year, we made the decision to launch investigations into multiple alleged failings of police officers and staff who assessed and/or investigated allegations made against him.
"If these matters had been adequately progressed, Carrick could potentially have faced gross misconduct proceedings and been dismissed from the police service years before he was eventually arrested.
"While we've notified a number of officers that they are under investigation, this does not mean that disciplinary proceedings will automatically follow.
"At the end of each investigation, we will determine whether any individuals should face disciplinary proceedings.
"From our scoping review, we've also identified a number of learning opportunities for individual forces as well as national recommendations which we are currently progressing."