Five Metropolitan Police officers and three former officers are being investigated for serious misconduct in the handling of the investigation into the murders of serial killer Stephen Port, the Independent Office for Police Conduct has said.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said the officers are being investigated for possible breaches of police professional standards relating to equality and diversity, duties and responsibilities, respect and courtesy to authority, and honesty and integrity.
The IOPC opened a new investigation in 2022 into the way the Met initially handled its investigations into the murders of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor in Barking, east London.
In the original investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), predecessor to the IOPC, which ended in August 2018, the actions of several officers were examined and 17 of them were subjects of the investigation. When interviewed, 16 of the 17 officers chose to provide written accounts.
Five of the officers investigated for serious misconduct were subjects of the initial IPCC investigation.