The Metropolitan police has been placed under special measures by the official police inspectorate after a series of scandals and concerns about its effectiveness.
The decision was taken by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and follows a force-wide inspection that found significant failings. The results of that inspection are expected to be made public soon.
In a statement the home secretary, Priti Patel, said: “I expect the police to get the basics right. It is clear the Metropolitan police service is falling short of these expectations which is why I support the action that HMICFRS has taken today to highlight their failings – and I expect the Met and the London mayor to take immediate action to begin addressing them.
“The process to recruit a new commissioner is well under way and I have made clear that the successful candidate must demonstrate sustained improvements in the Metropolitan police service in order to regain public trust both in London and across the country.”
In a statement the policing inspectorate confirmed the special measures for the Met to provide “additional scrutiny and support to help make improvements”. The Guardian understands the special measures process has already started.
The home secretary has some responsibility for the Met, and the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, is the police and crime commissioner for London.
In a statement Khan said: “The HMIC has raised very serious concerns about the Met’s performance and I welcome the additional scrutiny and support that these measures will now bring. Unlike many others, I have long been clear that wide-ranging reforms are urgently needed for the Met to regain the trust and confidence of Londoners – which is so vital to policing by consent.
“A series of appalling scandals have not only exposed deep cultural problems but have damaged the confidence of Londoners in the capital’s police service.
“The decision by the HMIC to now move the Met into special measures has laid bare the substantial performance failings by the force.”
In February Cressida Dick resigned as Met commissioner after failing to convince Khan she could lead the force out of a series of scandals and reverse plunging public confidence.