Lady Elish Angiolini to examine David Carrick case as part of the ongoing Angiolini Inquiry
The Angiolini Inquiry will look at David Carrick’s criminal behaviour and the decision-making around his police vetting, in Terms of Reference published today (7 February 2023).
In the wake of the shocking crimes committed by David Carrick and acknowledged failures within the Metropolitan Police, the Home Secretary confirmed that Lady Elish Angiolini’s Inquiry will look specifically into this case.
The Angiolini Inquiry was established in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard to understand how a serving police officer was able to carry out such a horrendous crime, and a public consultation is currently open on Part 2 of this Inquiry to examine police culture, vetting processes and the safety of women.
The Terms of Reference will also look at any issues relating to Carrick’s behaviour or conduct that were known or raised by his colleagues, his abuse of police powers and intimidation of witnesses, and the impact of police treatment on his victims.
The Home Secretary Suella Braverman said:
The crimes of David Carrick are a scar on our police, and it is only right that he now faces at least 30 years behind bars. I pay tribute to the brave women who have come forward to hold him to account for his vile abuse.
It is vital we uncover how he was able to wear the uniform for so long, and I welcome the Angiolini Inquiry’s investigation into David Carrick’s criminal behaviour and the decision-making around his vetting.
There is no place in our police for such heinous and predatory behaviour, and I look forward to receiving Lady Elish’s findings.
This specific investigation into Carrick will take place alongside the Angiolini Inquiry’s other investigations, and will commence as soon as practicable.
Alongside the Angiolini Inquiry, the government has commissioned His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services to conduct a rapid review of all forces’ response to the inspectorate’s recent report into vetting and counter-corruption. This will make sure Chief Officers are taking the necessary action to remove those who are not fit to serve. The NPCC is asking all forces to conduct a data-washing exercise of their staff against the Police National Database to check for sexual violence and domestic abuse markers on case files.
The Home Secretary has also launched an internal review into police dismissals to make sure the system is effective at removing officers who fall short of the standards expected of them.