Inquiry Concludes Sarah Everard’s Murderer, Ex-Police Officer Wayne Couzens, Should Never Have Been Recruited

An independent review into the murder of Sarah Everard by former Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens concluded that Couzens should never have been allowed to serve as a police officer. The inquiry, led by Lady Elish Angiolini, highlighted systemic failures in police recruitment, vetting, and investigation, emphasizing that these shortcomings enabled Couzens to continue his police career despite red flags regarding his suitability and conduct. The review calls for urgent and radical changes within police forces to prevent similar abuses of power and to rebuild public trust in policing.

  • The independent inquiry into Sarah Everard’s murder by police officer Wayne Couzens found systemic failures in police recruitment and vetting.
  • Wayne Couzens abused his police authority to abduct, rape, and murder Sarah Everard in March 2021.
  • The inquiry, led by Lady Elish Angiolini, calls for a radical overhaul in police vetting and recruitment.
  • Three separate police forces missed opportunities to prevent Couzens from becoming or remaining a police officer.
  • Couzens’ troubling behavior dates back to 2004, with missed red flags including failed applications, retention despite failures, and financial issues.
  • The Metropolitan Police was criticized for its handling of a vigil for Sarah Everard, leading to payouts to two women.
  • Despite the review, the Metropolitan Police indicated they would still have recruited Couzens based on the same information available prior to his arrest for Everard’s murder.
  • The inquiry’s report is 347 pages long, containing 16 recommendations aimed at preventing future abuses of power by police officers.
  • Failures in investigating allegations of indecent exposure were highlighted as missed opportunities to intercept Couzens’ offending.
  • Lady Angiolini paid tribute to Sarah Everard and her family, expressing gratitude to victims who gave evidence to the inquiry.
  • The inquiry’s findings and recommendations are designed to ensure women feel safe reporting crimes to the police and to improve standards in policing.
  • Part two of the inquiry will examine police culture, recruitment, and the protection of women in public spaces, while part three investigates the crimes and career of former Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick.

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