In an emotional statement, the Metropolitan Police condemned Wayne Couzens for betraying it and police across the country. His appalling crimes have dealt a shattering blow to the reputation of the UK’s biggest force and it will take a long time to recover, say insiders. Scotland Yard said yesterday: “We are sickened, angered and devastated by this man’s crimes which betray everything we stand for. Our thoughts are with Sarah’s family and her friends. It is not possible for us to imagine what they are going through.”
Couzens, 48, was accused of indecent exposure days before the killing and the Met is facing searching questions over why it appeared to fail to take the allegations seriously.
The trained marksman, nicknamed “The Rapist” by colleagues due to his oddball looks, was accused of the same crime in Kent in 2015 while working for the Civil and Nuclear Constabulary. The Independent Office for Police Conduct has launched an inquiry.
Couzens joined the CNC in 2011 after working as a mechanic with his father in Dover, Kent, for 20 years. In 2018, he joined the Met, transferring to the elite armed Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command last year.
Couzens was part of a 14-man squad tasked with guarding foreign embassies and diplomatic buildings in London.
He was issued with items of equipment including a police issue belt and a pair of rigid handcuffs used to restrain Sarah after falsely arresting her.