The police said a graphic was shared on social media on Friday and was reported by a number of officers who were “concerned by its content”. The Met said that, given the context of the officer’s duties at the time, a referral had been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). The officer, a probationary constable for the Met, had been deployed as a cordon officer supporting the search operation in Kent in relation to Ms Everard’s disappearance.
They have been placed in a non-public facing role while inquiries continue.
The Met said in a statement: “Given the context of the officer’s duties at the time, a voluntary referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct in relation to this matter.
“The PC had been deployed as a cordon officer supporting the search operation in Kent in relation to the murder of Sarah Everard.
“The officer has been removed from these duties and placed in a non-public facing role while inquiries continue.
“The graphic does not contain photographic images, no images of Sarah, nor any other material obtained from or related to the investigation into Sarah’s murder.”
Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave added: “The MPS expects its officers to behave professionally at all times and this includes how they use social media.
“I take allegations that any officer or officers have failed to observe these standards very seriously and have referred this matter to the IOPC.”
The force added Sarah Everard’s family have been told about the incident.
It comes as large numbers of demonstrators gathered in central London on Monday evening to protest over the Met’s handling of a vigil held for Ms Everard on Saturday night.
Hundreds of people blocked traffic on Westminster Bridge before moving to New Scotland Yard, shouting “shame on you”.
Meanwhile in Sandwich, Kent, officers continue to conduct inquiries into Ms Everard’s murder.
More to follow…