Metropolitan Police has been told to improve in the way it keeps people safe and reduces crime.

According to a report on police effectiveness by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), the force has been told that it needs to improve when it comes to investigating crime and managing offenders as well as protecting vulnerable people.

Met Police was found to be classed as 'good' in other areas however and is one of 18 police forces across England and Wales that 'requires improvement'.

HMIC graded every police force on its overall effectiveness, based on an assessment of how well they prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, investigate crime and manage offenders, protect vulnerable people and support victims and tackle serious and organised crime.

Met Police was told that it needs to improve the consistency of how it keeps vulnerable people safe, with children in particular.

In response to the findings, an NSPCC spokesman said: “The Metropolitan Police has made a good start tackling child sexual exploitation but the report shows the force still has work to do to ensure that missing children and children at risk of exploitation are safe.

“As more victims of child abuse and exploitation continue to come forward, it’s essential that all police forces are properly trained and equipped to respond to these most horrific of crimes.”

Other criticisms issued by HMIC included delays in allocating crimes to officers for investigation, and a shortage of trained detectives and some basic equipment for frontline officers

They say this undermined the Met Police's overall performance.

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The force was praised in certain areas however, most notably for tackling organised crime and anti-social behaviour.

Interestingly, there were 84 crimes reported per 1,000 of the population, much higher than the overall England and Wales figure of 63.

A victim satisfaction rate from the last 12 months was recorded just under 80%, shy of the national average of 83.8%.

'Londoners should be reassured'

Metropolitan Police said it is disappointed with the findings
Metropolitan Police said they were disappointed with the findings

A Met Police statement issued on Thursday (February 18) said that the force is disappointed with the overall judgement, but is already taking steps to address the issues.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons said: “The Met has been making huge strides in reducing crime and making London safer, but we clearly need to focus more on how well we are investigating crimes, protecting the vulnerable and making sure offenders are better managed.

"Londoners should be reassured that much of this work started some months ago and is starting to deliver results but we need to demonstrate that we will maintain the determination to drive forward further improvements in the future.

"Whilst HMIC has highlighted areas for improvement, we are pleased the report acknowledges we are committed to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour and that officers and staff throughout the force understand this commitment and work well with partners to solve problems early to prevent escalation.

"We are also pleased HMIC found we generally provide a good service in identifying the vulnerable and respond well to them, so the public can be confident many victims are well supported.

"HMIC also found we are good at tackling serious and organised crime and have plans in place to target the most harmful and dangerous crime and offenders."