Officer accused of joking about luring woman into woods WILL keep job

Met Police officer accused of sharing a meme about luring woman into woods and killing her on Whatsapp during the hunt for Sarah Everard WILL keep job

  • Met Police officer to keep job after allegedly sharing a joke about luring women
  • Constable was investigated over ‘inappropriate and graphic’ WhatsApp texts
  • He reportedly made the joke during the search for Sarah Everard earlier this year
  • A Metropolitan Police officer will keep his job after allegedly sharing an offensive joke about luring a woman into woods and killing her during the search for Sarah Everard.

    The probationary constable is among five officers from four forces who are facing misconduct proceedings over messages shared on social media about the Everard case.

    The Met constable, who went on to staff a cordon as part of the search for Ms Everard, was investigated over allegations they used WhatsApp ‘to share with colleagues an inappropriate graphic, depicting violence against women’ while off-duty.

    The Independent Office for Police Conduct said: ‘The image was highly offensive and the officer now has a case to answer for misconduct for potentially breaching standards of professional behaviour for conduct and authority, respect and courtesy.

    A Metropolitan Police officer will keep his job after allegedly sharing an offensive joke about luring a woman into woods and killing her during the search for Sarah Everard

    A Metropolitan Police officer will keep his job after allegedly sharing an offensive joke about luring a woman into woods and killing her during the search for Sarah Everard

    Wayne Couzens (pictured) was sentenced to a whole-life prison term after abducting, raping and murdering marketing executive Sarah Everard in March

    Wayne Couzens (pictured) was sentenced to a whole-life prison term after abducting, raping and murdering marketing executive Sarah Everard in March

    ‘The officer will face a misconduct meeting to answer the allegations.’

    Another Pc still on probation had a case to answer for ‘allegedly sharing the graphic and failing to challenge it’ and will also be subject to a misconduct meeting.

    The police watchdog found there was no case to answer for a third Met Pc but they will ‘undergo reflective practice’ on the basis that ‘while they thought the graphic was inappropriate, rather than reporting it the image was forwarded to two people seeking their advice on how to deal with the situation’.

    The Met constable, who went on to staff a cordon as part of the search for Ms Everard (pictured), was investigated over allegations they used WhatsApp ¿to share with colleagues an inappropriate graphic, depicting violence against women¿ while off-duty

    The Met constable, who went on to staff a cordon as part of the search for Ms Everard (pictured), was investigated over allegations they used WhatsApp ‘to share with colleagues an inappropriate graphic, depicting violence against women’ while off-duty

    In a second probe, the IOPC looked into allegations seven officers from other forces breached standards by using the encrypted messaging app Signal to share information on Couzens’ prosecution.

    An officer from Dorset Police, who was on secondment from the force, will face a gross misconduct hearing after being accused of posting details of the interview Couzens gave under caution – several months before the killer admitted to her murder and before the information could be made public.