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Investigation into inappropriate text messages and videos by Metropolitan Police officers

The IOPC has begun a new investigation into two Metropolitan Police (MPS) officers due to allegations that they sent inappropriate text messages as well as filmed individuals in custody.

The messages refer to sexually assaulting victims of crime while the videos appear to depict individuals in police custody suites or in police vehicles.

A Detective Constable from the Trident and Area Command unit and a Police Constable from aviation policing have both been suspended by the MPS after material came to light during a separate criminal investigation by Surrey Police. The MPS referred the matter to the IOPC and we have now taken over the investigation into their conduct.

The messages and the video footage all appear to date from around 2011 when the officers worked together in the Hounslow response team. We will be examining the data records collected and the videos downloaded and will then interview the two officers for potential breaches of their professional standards that could amount to gross misconduct. We are also looking at whether any other officers may have had involvement in these incidents.

IOPC Regional Director Jonathan Green said:

“These are worrying allegations about the alleged lack of professionalism of two officers. Despite the allegations dating back a few years, the IOPC is concerned that otherwise respected officers may be behaving in such an unacceptable manner. It is therefore vital that these matters are carefully investigated by us, independently from the police, to determine if the officers have potentially breached any standards of professional conduct.”

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