Following a human rights investigation into the Metropolitan Police, the force has agreed to a plan of improvements.

In September 2016, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published findings from their investigation into how the Met managed internal complaints of discrimination.

Despite finding no evidence for unlawful acts, the Commission did make recommendations, and will now monitor the process while the Met tries to improve.

According to the force, it has already made some improvements, including launching a helpline for staff, creating teams of specialists to respond to discrimination complaints and training local mediators.

Sanctions for those who are found to have victimised a colleague have also been increased.

David Isaac, Equality and Human Rights Commission Chair, said: "Since our investigation the Metropolitan Police Service has shown great commitment in implementing the recommendations we put forward in our report and have made considerable progress.

“They recognise the need to provide the reassurance and confidence to staff that their complaints will be taken seriously and handled appropriately and have taken the necessary steps to make improvements.

"As the largest police service in the country we welcome their offer to work together to strengthen guidance for the police service in England and Wales on how to manage grievances and misconduct involving discrimination.”

Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, said: "Ensuring that our staff and officers feel that they are treated fairly and that we are an inclusive organisation remains a priority for me as Commissioner; it has a direct link with how confident our communities feel.

"The scale of the challenge in such a large organisation has been significant but I am pleased with the progress we have made in implementing the recommendations of the EHRC investigation.

“I want the MPS to be an exemplar of good practice and someone that the EHRC can use as a role model for others. I welcome the effective dialogue and partnership that we have with the EHRC and look forward to working with them in the future."