LONDON — A London police officer was arrested and charged with rape on Sunday, simply days after one other officer was sentenced for the killing of Sarah Everard in a case that deeply shook public belief within the service.
The officer charged on Sunday, David Carrick, 46, was working in the identical unit of the police pressure that Wayne Couzens, Ms. Everard’s killer, was assigned to on the time of her assault.
Mr. Carrick was charged in Hertfordshire, an space north of London, with rape. He was off-duty in that space on the time of the alleged assault, based on an announcement from the London Metropolitan Police Service. He was suspended from his duties as an officer, the assertion stated, and a referral had been made to an impartial workplace that screens police conduct.
The alleged assault occurred in September 2020, based on the Hertfordshire Police.
The arrest comes as London’s police pressure faces renewed scrutiny and a torrent of criticism over its dealing with of violence in opposition to girls, following plenty of high-profile instances, together with the homicide of Ms. Everard.
Throughout final week’s sentencing listening to for Mr. Couzens, harrowing new particulars emerged about the way in which he used his place of authority and police gear to falsely arrest Ms. Everard earlier than abducting, raping and killing her. The police pressure has additionally confronted criticism for failing to answer earlier allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to Mr. Couzens.
Watchdog teams have known as for a public inquiry into the police division’s strategy to violence in opposition to girls and the conduct of its personal officers, and there have been renewed calls final week for the resignation of Cressida Dick, the top of the Metropolitan Police.
Mr. Carrick, who will seem by video in courtroom on Monday, is a part of the identical parliamentary and diplomatic safety command of the Metropolitan Police as Mr. Couzens. The unit’s duties embody defending the Homes of Parliament and international embassies, and it additionally offers officers to safeguard authorities ministers.
Ms. Dick stated in an announcement that she was “deeply involved” concerning the information of Mr. Carrick’s arrest.
“I absolutely acknowledge the general public shall be very involved too,” she added.
Final week, the police issued a sequence of security ideas for ladies ought to they encounter an officer, or somebody posing as one, whom they thought-about to be a menace. The steering included asking the officer “looking out” questions, operating into a close-by dwelling or flagging down a bus.
The recommendation was accompanied by a listing of different measures that the police had taken or deliberate to take after Ms. Everard’s killing, however many critics stated they did little to handle the inner failings of the police to carry their very own to account and fight violence in opposition to girls extra broadly.