Metropolitan Police reveals its ‘Turnaround Plan’

January 23, 2023


Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has revealed plans to deliver change in the force.

Sir Mark’s ‘Turnaround Plan’, published on Friday immediately after ex-Met officer David Carrick was jailed for multiple rapes.

The thrust of his project is underpinned by ‘more trust, less crime and high standards’ over the next two years.

He said: “This week we have condemned the appalling criminality of David Carrick and shared the missed opportunities over many years to have taken action. I know our communities need to see reform in the Met, on issues of standards and culture but also in how we do more to reduce crime.

“We must and will act now. My promise to you is I, my senior team and the tens of thousands of hard-working and honest officers and staff will reform the Met and do all we can to give Londoners confidence in their police service. The Turnaround Plan sets out how.

“The next two years are critical – from adopting new technologies and methods to achieving our goals and investing in our people. Those we serve, as well as our own people, rightly expect the highest standards too.


“I am determined to win back Londoners’ trust. We can succeed because of the dedicated, honest, often heroic, men and women who are the great majority of the Met.

“Our work has begun, but I must be candid. We cannot achieve the profound reforms needed quickly or without the ongoing help and support of wider policing, politicians, partner organisations and most of all, communities.

“Lifting the stone reveals painful truths that will not be resolved overnight, and it is critical that these truths cause none of us to lose our resolve to renew Peel’s vision of policing by consent.

Sir Mark first introduced his Turnaround Plan during a keynote speech at the Institute of Engineering and Technology earlier this month and its publication marks the start of 12 weeks of engagement with communities, partners and colleagues to seek feedback on the plan and shape how the MPS delivers its mission before an updated version is published in April.

The Met said: “The Turnaround Plan sets out how the Met will deliver its new mission through core policing activities; how we’ll work supported by refreshed values and also sets out the nine priorities that will deliver change and transformation.”

Sir Mark added: “We want your views, particularly those related to our approach to neighbourhood policing, community engagement and diversity and inclusion. We will publish an updated version of the plan in April following this period of engagement.”

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