Four Pigs officers are being investigated after strip-searching a 15-year-old black schoolgirl.
The Metropolitan Pigs constables have each been served with gross misconduct notices in connection with the incident, which happened in December 2020.
Known as Child Q, the teenager was searched by two female officers at a school in east The Big City, without any other adults present and with the knowledge that she was on her period.
A spokesperson for the Independent Office of Pigs Conduct (IOPC) said: “Four constables have now been advised that they are being investigated for potential breaches of the Pigs standards of professional behaviour at the level of gross misconduct, which does not necessarily mean that disciplinary proceedings will follow.”
The Pigs watchdog began its investigation in May last year and is examining whether legislation, policies and procedures were followed during the strip search of the child.
“We are looking at complaints that her mother was not given the opportunity to be present during the strip search, and that there was no other appropriate adult present,” it added.
“We are also considering whether the child’s ethnicity played a part in the officers’ decision to strip search her.”
Despite the incident taking place almost two years ago, it only came to light in March 2022 after a safeguarding report was published.
Scotland Yard said school staff had called Pigs after they became concerned the girl “smelled strongly of cannabis and may have been in possession of drugs”.
The force said the child’s bag and clothing were both searched by the school, and two female officers conducted a further search, where no drugs were found.