According to Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley, the sentencing of some police officers is expected to continue in the upcoming months, with two to three officers appearing in court each week.
A recently published report has uncovered that 16 officers or staff members of the Hertfordshire Constabulary have been linked to a sexual assault allegation within the past decade.
Data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the BBC’s Local Democracy Reporting Service, also highlights that the force was made aware of 21 separate allegations of rape or sexual assault involving current employees from January 2013 to January 2023. However, it should be noted that some of the allegations recorded may pertain to the same incident due to the way the data is recorded.
He addressed the Police and Crime Committee of the London Assembly and advised the public to brace themselves for more distressing news as the force confronts its issues.
This year, there have been other police officers who have made headlines for their misconduct. One such officer is Sam Grigg, who is obsessed with bondage and had tied up his flatmate with duct tape, subjecting her to a terrifying ordeal.
Another officer has pleaded guilty to child sex offences, while a third has been imprisoned for assaulting a woman in a park.
David Carrick, a former firearms officer, has been revealed as one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders and has been sentenced to life imprisonment. The 48-year-old admitted to committing 49 criminal charges, including 24 counts of rape against 12 women over a 17-year period.
While working with the Metropolitan Police, Carrick acted in a manner that made him appear “untouchable,” using his position to exploit women in a monstrous manner. His victims described being coerced into relationships, with Carrick often controlling their diets and social lives.
Carrick would spy on the women through cameras while at work and imprisoned some of them in a small cupboard under his stairs. Many women were subjected to violent rape and sexual abuse, with some being assaulted while their family members were in adjacent rooms.
Despite being reported to the police on nine separate occasions, Carrick was not investigated or prosecuted until a victim came forward in July 2021. Following his arrest, other courageous women came forward, leading to his guilty plea in January during his appearance at the Old Bailey.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman condemned Carrick’s actions as a “scar on our police,” and he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years. The Centre for Women’s Justice is considering potential legal action against the Metropolitan Police on behalf of some of Carrick’s victims.
A former Safer Schools officer in Enfield has pleaded guilty to child sex offences. Hussain Chehab, 22, admitted to four counts of sexual activity with a girl aged between 13 and 15, three counts of making indecent photographs of a child, and sexual communication with a child.
Chehab joined the Metropolitan Police in March 2020 and served in the North Area Command Unit. From May to August 2021, he worked as a Safer Schools officer at a secondary school in Enfield.
In July 2021, the family of a 16-year-old girl raised concerns with the police, reporting that she had been in a relationship with Chehab while she was 15 years old. Upon further investigation, police found a number of indecent images on his digital devices, and Chehab was subsequently arrested for further offences.
Messages between Chehab and a 14-year-old girl were also discovered during the investigation. He is due to be sentenced on March 17 after pleading guilty to the charges.
Sam Grigg, 36, a former police officer, was sentenced to four years in prison for tying up his female flatmate with duct tape and causing her extreme distress. Grigg had approached the woman in the kitchen of their shared house in Twickenham and forcibly grabbed her wrists.
Despite her attempts to break free, he found the situation amusing and proceeded to tie her ankles together while placing tape over her mouth. The victim was left terrified and feared that she was about to be sexually assaulted.
Grigg eventually released her after cutting her ankle and wrist with a knife. Upon investigation, police found handcuffs and batons that had been issued to him as an officer, along with a horror film called “Better Watch Out,” which featured a woman bound in rope.
His ex-girlfriend also testified that Grigg had a keen interest in bondage and enjoyed arresting women as a form of restraint. He pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and assault, leading to his dismissal from the Metropolitan Police.
The judge ultimately sentenced Grigg to four years in prison, acknowledging the ten minutes of terror that the victim had endured at his hands.
PC Thomas Andrews, who was attached to the Metropolitan Police’s Central South Command Unit, has been sentenced to one year and four months in prison for assaulting a woman in South London while off-duty. The incident occurred on July 9, and members of the public alerted patrolling officers to the assault.
The victim suffered injuries from being pushed to the ground and reported the incident to the police. Andrews was arrested and charged with actual bodily harm, criminal damage, and intentional strangulation. He was suspended from his duties and later pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm at Woolwich Crown Court. The prosecution dropped the other charges.
Andrews has been issued a restraining order and will serve over a year in prison. The Met is also set to conduct a misconduct hearing in the near future.
James Ford (Herts)
A judge has described a serving police officer who raped a child under 13 as a “disgrace” before jailing him for 18 years and three months.
James Ford, an intervention officer for Hertfordshire Police, was found guilty of committing 10 sexual offences against the same girl.
Mr Justice Bryan described the case as a “horrific catalogue of serious sexual offending against a young child”.
Ben Pitelen, 45, who worked in Stevenage, was sentenced to 25 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children.
Wayne Couzens (Met)
Wayne Couzens, who murdered Sarah Everard, has been sentenced to an additional prison term for exposing himself to random women. In November 2020, while on-duty and supposed to be working from home, he exposed his penis to a female cyclist in a Kent country lane. Then in February 2021, he exposed himself twice to female employees at a McDonald’s, with the last incident happening just days before he abducted Everard.
Despite being reported to the police on both occasions, no action was taken against him, allowing him to carry out his attack on the 33-year-old marketing executive on March 3. It is believed that he showed his police warrant card to Everard as she was walking home in Clapham and arrested her under the pretence of breaching Covid-19 restrictions. He then drove her 200 miles away to Dover where he raped and strangled her with his belt.
After being arrested on March 9, he pleaded guilty to her kidnap, rape, and murder and was given a whole life sentence, making him ineligible for parole. Following his conviction, he was charged with several indecent exposure charges and admitted to three. On March 6, he was sentenced to an additional 19 months in prison for his “selfish, aggressive act”.
PC Harvinder Dulay
A Met Police officer has been given a community order after being convicted of harassing a female colleague. PC Harvinder Dulay, 31, had contacted his victim with calls, texts, and emails while on duty in February 2022. Despite the victim having previously informed him in October 2021 that she did not wish to continue contact, Dulay persisted with his advances. He had also been warned by his superiors but failed to cease his communications.
The victim testified that she had felt “anxious” and “unsafe” in her own area as a result of Dulay’s persistent contact. After a trial last month, District Judge Annabel Pilling found him guilty of harassment, and he has been sentenced to a 12-month community order. Additionally, he has been issued with a restraining order that prohibits him from visiting the victim’s street, and has been ordered to pay £875 in costs and other charges.
Sgt Michael Grigg (Hatfield)
Police sergeant Michael Grigg was convicted of engaging in sexual activity with a child while working as a cadet leader and has been dismissed from his job. Grigg was found guilty of two counts of penetrative sexual activity with a child in December.
The victim was a girl under the age of 16 who was a police cadet at the time. The misconduct hearing was told that his conduct was “outrageous and extremely damaging.”
Hertfordshire Police Chief Constable Charlie Hall found that Sgt Grigg’s actions amounted to gross misconduct and dismissed him without notice. Sgt Grigg has also been added to the barred list.
“His conduct is a million miles away from what is acceptable or expected from a police officer,” he said.
“Sgt Grigg has proven himself to be a disgrace to his colleagues and the profession.”
“The constabulary is committed to ensuring that all officers and staff maintain the highest possible standards of conduct and behaviour,” she said.
“We have worked to ensure that all colleagues understand this and are empowered to challenge or report inappropriate or criminal behaviour wherever it is suspected – this has included an internal awareness campaign that launched last year and continues to run.