Another west London police officer charged with sexual misconduct as Met put into “special measures”

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PC Emeri Ratucoko appears in court charged with assaulting woman in Kingston bar

A serving Metropolitan Police officer based in west London appeared in court this week, after being charged with sexual misconduct.

PC Emeri Ratucoko, who is attached to the Central West Command Unit – which covers the Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea boroughs, was charged on Monday 30 May with sexual assault and a public order offence.

He appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (28 June).

Ratucoko was charged following an investigation led by officers from the Met’s South West Command Unit. The investigation began after a woman reported she was sexually assaulted at a bar in Kingston in February 2022.

PC Ratucoko was off-duty at the time of the incident.

He has been placed on restricted duties while criminal proceedings are ongoing. In his reduced role he has no face to face contact with the public and no involvement in the investigation of sexual offences.

PC Ratucoko joins a string of Met Police officers based in west London who have been charged with criminal offences or disciplined for misconduct over the past few months.

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Number of cases of police misconduct and criminal behaviour in West London this year

Since the start of the year a number of criminal cases involving police in west London have come to public notice.

  • January – West London borough police commander Chief Superintendent Paul Martin was sacked for gross misconduct which included sexist bullying and misuse of police funds. Another senior officer was also dismissed.
  • January – a retired Metropolitan Police officer who had been stationed in west London was charged with rape.
  • February – an officer from West Area Command Unit was given a 12 month suspended sentence for causing death by careless driving.
  • February – two serving Metropolitan Police officers, one of them from West Area Command Unit, charged with sending grossly offensive messages on a public communications network, accused of sharing the messages in 2019 with police colleague, the now-convicted rapist and murderer Wayne Couzens.
  • June – a serving officer pleaded guilty guilty to controlling and coercive behaviour. PC Mathew Cooper, who is attached to the Central West Command Unit will be sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, 31 August.

There are many other cases involving criminal and discreditable conduct by Metropolitan police officers who have appeared in court or have been subject to police misconduct hearings, involving officers in other parts of London too.

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Met Police placed into special measures due to “systemic failings”

The policing inspectorate has made the unprecedented decision to place the Metropolitan police into “special measures” following the uncovering of a litany of new “systemic” failings in fighting crime and serving victims.

In a report on Tuesday (28 June) Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary found 14 fresh significant failings adding to the pile of scandals which has damaged public confidence in the UK’s largest police force.

The force was found to be failing to meet national standards, and also making errors on stop and search with the grounds for one quarter of stops not recorded, meaning scrutiny of whether they were justifiable was now impossible. It is thought nearly 70,000 incidents have gone unrecorded.

HMIC also cited a series of scandals: from the murder of Sarah Everard by the serving Met officer Wayne Couzens; the strip-searching of children; stop and search controversies; and grossly offensive attitudes among officials revealed by messages exchanged between officers at Charing Cross police station.

In a statement the Met said:

“We recognise the cumulative impact of events and problems that the Met is dealing with. We understand the impact this has had on communities and we share their disappointment.

“We are determined to be a police service Londoners can be proud of. We are talking to the Inspectorate about next steps.”

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See also: Met Police to monitor officers’ phones and emails for ‘alarming’ language

See also: West London borough police commander sacked for gross misconduct

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