The revelations come amid concerns around the Met’s handling of the Sarah Everard case (Picture: Getty Images)
That includes people found guilty of assault, criminal damage, drink driving and theft/fraud.
The revelations come amid increasing scrutiny of British policing, following the murder of Sarah Everard, the Met’s handling of a vigil to her and criticism of police conduct at ‘Kill the Bill’ demonstrations.
Scotland Yard stressed that some of the 150 officers were handed their convictions before joining the police, but did not say how many and admitted that some of the officers may have been found guilty of more than one charge.
Other offences among the group included possession of drugs, public order offences and firearm/ammunition convictions.
The Met said: ‘Factors that are taken into account when considering applications from people with previous convictions include the age of the applicant at the time of the offence, the number of years that have elapsed since the offence was committed and the nature of the offence.
‘There are some offences that lead to mandatory rejection, including any offence committed as an adult which involves elements of dishonesty, corruption, serious violence or injury, serious involvement with drugs or abuse of children, substantial financial gain or serious loss to anyone.
Police officers formed a cordon at the vigil to Sarah Everard before the scene turned ugly (Picture: AFP)
‘As we would all expect, the vast majority of our officers uphold the law at all times, both at work and in their personal lives.’
The statistics, first uncovered by a Sunday Mirror Freedom of Information request and accurate up to January 2021, include only officers and not include ‘specials’, police staff, or PCSOs.
It comes amid criticism of the Met’s handling of the vigil to Sarah, at which male officers pinned down and arrested various women who had been demonstrating about male violence.
A serving Met police officer has been charged with her kidnap and murder.
Women were arrested at the vigil (Picture: James Veysey/REX)
Policing of ‘Kill the Bill’ demonstrations in Bristol and Manchester have also been divisive in recent days, with officers accused of harsh tactics and brutality.
Thousands across the country have marched against the Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which would give the police in England and Wales more power to clamp down on non-violent protests, including those deemed too noisy or a nuisance.
The Met insists that in the ‘overwhelming majority’ of cases, police who commit crimes leave the service.
But there have also long been concerns around accountability over deaths in police custody, with 1,781 deaths since 1990 but zero convictions of officers, according to a notorious ongoing tally compiled by the charity Inquest.
There are also simmering resentments about the way police treat people of colour, particularly following the Black Lives Matter movement.
However, many have sprung to the police’s defence, and stressed the difficulties officers have faced during the pandemic.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared to back officers’ over the Kill the Bill protests, as did his Home Secretary Priti Patel, while the Met’s Commissioner Cressida Dick defended her officers’ handling of the vigil to Sarah.
The force’s statement continued: ‘Whenever a serving officer is convicted of any offence, the case is thoroughly reviewed and, where appropriate, the officer is also subjected to a misconduct process to determine their ongoing future with the police.
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‘The overwhelming majority of those convicted of criminal offences leave the service.
‘Securing and maintaining the trust of the community is integral to the principle of policing by consent. The Met recognises that its staff must act with professionalism and integrity whether on or off-duty.’
But David Spencer, a research director at the Centre for Crime Prevention, told the Sunday Mirror: ‘With the reputation of the Met in the doldrums, these figures couldn’t come at a worse time.
‘It does beg the question of how we can expect people to respect the police as law enforcers when so many have broken the law.
‘The Met has serious questions to answer about how many were committed by serving officers and how many were recruited despite having a record.’
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