A total of 160 Metropolitan Police officers have been accused of sexual misconduct in the last two years alone, new figures have shown.
Figures have shown that 160 officers were received allegations of sexual assault, sexual harassment of other sexual misconduct across 2019 and 2020.
This news emerged following the conviction of Pc Wayne Couzens and dismissal from the met.
A further 33 officers received allegations through the first five months of this year.
The data, gathered through the Freedom of Information Act, shows the number of conduct matters that have been raised by staff or line managers relating to the behaviour of on and off-duty officers.
The vast majority of those accused have been male officers, amounting to 75 out of the 86 allegations made in 2019 and 66 of the 74 in 2020.
Since 2010, 771 Met officers have received allegations of sexual misconduct from colleagues.
Within that total, 191 individuals within the force have been arrested on suspicion of committing a sexual offence.
The highest of any year over the decade was 2019, when 86 officers received allegations of sexual offences. That is nearly double the figure of 54 in 2010 and 47 in 2011.
The figures also show the number of complaints that have been raised by members of the public over the last decade.
A total of 104 complaints were made to the force regarding the behaviour of Met officers across 2019 and 2020, with a further 18 being being received the first five months of 2021.
In the majority of cases, investigations have resulted in allegations not being upheld or there being no case to answer.
Four individuals were either “suspended or restricted” over 2019 and 2020, and two appeared in court accused of a sexual offence across the decade.
The figures precede now former officer Wayne Couzens being sacked from the Met following guilty pleas to the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard.
He is due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on two-day hearing from September 29.
Benjamin McNish, 30, was also found guilty of using his iPhone to spy on a woman in the shower following a trial at Southwark Crown Court.
However, he avoided an immediate prison sentence at the same court on July 14.
DS Marc Tuffrey, a now former Met detective sergeant, also sent a string of sexual messages to a colleague and behaved in an “unwanted sexual manner”, according to a disciplinary hearing in April.
So far this year 13 officers have been dismissed following misconduct hearings for a variety of offences including racism, sexual offences and terrorism.
A spokesperson for the Met said: “The Metropolitan Police Service employs more than 40,000 officers and staff, and expects the highest standards from its employees.
“While the allegations involve a small percentage of staff, we acknowledge the impact any alleged offence will have on those involved, and will continue to take all allegations made against staff extremely seriously.
“There is no place for behaviour of this nature within the organisation.
“Where standards are proven to have fallen below what is expected, we take appropriate action to ensure both accountability and that lessons are learnt from each case. Where officers are convicted of a crime, they will also face internal misconduct proceedings.
“Matters such as these are investigated by the Directorate of Professional Standards with referrals to the Independent Office for Police Conduct as appropriate, which may independently investigate the allegations.”
In the latest convictions of officers in the met, today a serving police officer has been handed a suspended sentenced after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
PC Donna Coker, a response officer from the West Area Command Unit, was found guilty on Monday, 21 June of perverting the course of justice in relation to a police collision that took place in August 2017 in Ealing.
The trial took place at Southwark Crown Court.
PC Coker was sentenced at the same court on Monday, 19 July to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years. She was also given a six-month curfew requirement.
At approximately 07:30hrs on Sunday, 6 August 2017 a road traffic collision occurred in Uxbridge Road at the junction with Dane Road, Ealing.
PC Varinder Sehmi, an authorised police driver attached to the West Area Command Unit, was the driver of a marked police vehicle.
PC Sehmi was driving westbound along Uxbridge Road towards the junction with Dane Road in response to an emergency call.
The front of the police car collided with a vehicle at the junction with Dane Road.
A member of the public received serious injuries as a result.
The incident was immediately reported to the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
The jury heard how all officers who attended the incident were asked to write a statement, including PC Coker. A DPS officer noticed a number of inconsistencies in PC Coker’s statement and the statement of one other officer. This was flagged to the investigation team.
A full review took place and on 11 June 2020, PC Coker was charged with perverting the course of justice. No further action was taken against the other officer.
The Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) commenced an investigation regarding PC Sehmi.
He was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Southwark Crown Court on 12 March 2021.
He was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and given a two-year driving ban.
He will now face a gross misconduct hearing.
Chief Superintendent Peter Gardner, who is in charge of policing in west London, said: “Perverting the course of justice is a serious crime and goes against everything we stand for in the police.
“The jury have heard how PC Coker tailored her statement to try and absolve PC Sehmi of any wrongdoing.
I am deeply disappointed that an officer has behaved in such a way.
“It is vital for public confidence that people trust our officers to behave honestly and with integrity.
“We will continue to ensure officers are acting to the highest degree of professionalism and where they fall short, we will take robust action and hold them to account.”
Following the conclusion of criminal proceedings, PC Coker will face a special case hearing for gross misconduct.