Met Police officers banned from using sex workers and must declare all romantic relationships under new guidelinesOfficers must also declare all windfalls over £5,000 in drive to restore trustBy George Odling Crime Correspondent
Published: 00:57, 18 July 2023 | Updated: 08:28, 18 July 2023
Officers in Britain’s biggest police force have been banned from using sex workers under new vetting guidelines.
It is the first time the use of sex workers has been specifically banned by Scotland Yard, having previously dealt with incidents under general misconduct regulations, the Sun reported.
Officers must also declare all romantic relationships and have been reminded they must tell the force of any windfall over £5,000 under tighter guidelines issued in April as part of a drive to restore public trust in the beleaguered force.
Met Police officers have been banned from using sex workers and must also declare all romantic relationships and earnings over £5,000 in a bid to restore trust in the force
The Met has tightened up vetting following a number of scandals involving its officers, including murderer Wayne Couzens and serial rapist David Carrick.
It has also revisited more than a thousand historic reports previously made against officers for alleged sexual offences.
Two senior Metropolitan Police officers have previously been permitted to keep their jobs having found to have used sex workers, including one earning more than £100,000 a year.
A Met spokesman said: ‘Vetting applicants is imperative if we are to ensure the right people join us. But it is just as important our existing workforce continue to meet the high standards and levels of vetting rightly expected of them throughout their careers.’