26 Met colleagues of Wayne Couzens have committed sex crimes in the past 5 years

At least 26 Met Police officers have committed sex crimes in the past five years, it has been revealed.

Two officers were jailed for their offences in April this year, according to figures obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.

The shocking data comes after serving Met Police officer Wayne Couzens was handed a whole life order last week for the kidnap, murder and rape of marketing executive Sarah Everard.

According to the figures published in the Sunday Mirror, 26 officers from Scotland Yard have been convicted of sex crimes including rape, possessing indecent images of children, and voyeurism since 2016. 

Five allegedly carried out sex offences while on duty since 2010, with one officer recruited last year despite having a conviction for indecent exposure.

Detective Constable Mark Collins, 58, was jailed for 26 months in April for sending “highly sexualised” messages to what he thought was a girl aged 13 – but who was in fact an undercover officer.

In the same month, Detective Constable Paul Allgood, 60, was jailed for 22 months for three counts of possessing indecent images of children and three of outraging public decency.

A further150 serving officers have convictions for other offences including assault.

Ex-detective and Rochdale child abuse whistleblower Maggie Oliver told the paper: “The police service is no longer fit for purpose. I don’t think it’s ever appropriate for a force to employ an officer with a criminal record. It’s just something that should not happen.”

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has asked the Met for an urgent meeting after it emerged that Couzens worked on the Parliamentary Estate in 2020.