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Online trolls have been blasted by the Met Police for ‘vile’ and ‘homophobic’ comments on the promotion of an ‘exceptional’ officer who oversaw the King’s Coronation and the Queen’s funeral.

Scottish police officer Karen Findlay received a flood of offensive comments after the British Transport Police (BTP) posted a photo of her on social media to commemorate her appointment as Assistant Chief Constable.

The outrageous response prompted both BTP and the Met Police to address the backlash, slamming it as ‘vile, nasty and homophobic’.

BTP posted on X yesterday: ‘We are delighted to announce our new ACC Karen Findlay LVO KPM. A big welcome to Karen, joining us from@metpoliceuk in 2024.’

But it prompted hundreds of homophobic and sexist posts and messages about her appearance.

ACC Findlay hit back at the misogynistic comments, posting on X: ‘As female officers and staff colleagues, within policing and in any other job, our professional experience, contribution & commitment should be the focus.

‘NOT the vile misogynistic, homophobic, sexist vileness experienced. It’s not ok, and nor is being silent on it.’

The top officer, who is a rugby coach and former international player for Scotland, was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2024 New Year Honours list for her services at the Coronation and the Queen’s funeral.

She has also been awarded the King’s Police Medal, and had an important role in the police co-ordination team that worked on security for the during the 2012 Olympics.

‘Vile and misogynistic’: Met Police lambasts trolls in searing statement over abusive online reaction to promotion of police chief Karen Findlay who oversaw King’s Coronation and Queen’s funeral

ACC Findlay was awarded the King’s Police Medal, and had an important role in the police co-ordination team that worked on security for the during the 2012 Olympics

Karen Findlay received a flood of offensive comments after the British Transport Police (BTP) posted a photo of her to commemorate her appointment as Assistant Chief Constable

Karen Findlay received a flood of offensive comments after the British Transport Police (BTP) posted a photo of her to commemorate her appointment as Assistant Chief Constable

Karen Findlay, Co-head Coach of Harlequins Women looks on prior to the Tyrrells Premier 15s match between Harlequins Women and Bristol Bears Women at Twickenham Stoop in 2019

Karen Findlay, Co-head Coach of Harlequins Women looks on prior to the Tyrrells Premier 15s match between Harlequins Women and Bristol Bears Women at Twickenham Stoop in 2019

King Charles III  speaks to Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors, Karen Findlay and Commissioner Mark Rowley in 2022

King Charles III  speaks to Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors, Karen Findlay and Commissioner Mark Rowley in 2022

The outrageous response prompted both BTP and the Met Police to address the backlash, slamming it as 'vile, nasty and homophobic'

The outrageous response prompted both BTP and the Met Police to address the backlash, slamming it as ‘vile, nasty and homophobic’

The post prompted hundreds of homophobic and sexist posts and messages about her appearance, which both the Met and BTP hit back at online

The post prompted hundreds of homophobic and sexist posts and messages about her appearance, which both the Met and BTP hit back at online

Met Chief Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said in a statement: 'I am angry. My colleagues are angry. It isn't acceptable and it's happening too often.'

Met Chief Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said in a statement: ‘I am angry. My colleagues are angry. It isn’t acceptable and it’s happening too often.’

Today, the Chief Constable Lucy D’Orsi of BTP said in a statement: ‘Yesterday, British Transport Police posted to announce Karen Findlay as our new Assistant Chief Constable.

‘I have been shocked to see how many people took our post, which was celebrating the appointment of a senior woman in policing, as an opportunity to respond with vile, nasty and homophobic messages.

‘Karen is an exceptional leader and public order commander with over 30 years of experience – I am disappointed her achievements aren’t the cause of the conversation.

‘Although I am disgusted by the replies, I have decided to leave the post up to spotlight the misogyny that women in policing continue to face.

‘But ignoring it would not reflect my values, or the values of my force.

‘In policing, we understand the value of public scrutiny; we welcome conversations about policing, actions and how we can improve But let me be clear, I will not accept bullying.’

Met Chief Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley also expressed his outrage at the vitriolic campaign of abuse against the decorated officer, and admitted the level of abuse police faced online was becoming ‘increasingly alarming’. 

In a statement released online, Sir Mark added: ‘I am angry. My colleagues are angry. It isn’t acceptable and it’s happening too often.

‘The intensity of the racist, sexist, and homophobic abuse directed at police officers on social media is increasingly alarming. At a time when we need to attract officers from under-represented parts of our communities this is hugely damaging.’ 

Dame Lynne Owens and Karen Findlay arrive at the Cabinet Office for a meeting in March 2023

Dame Lynne Owens and Karen Findlay arrive at the Cabinet Office for a meeting in March 2023

Karen Findlay, co-head coach of Harlequins Ladies poses for a portrait during the Harlequins Ladies Squad Photo call in 2018

Karen Findlay, co-head coach of Harlequins Ladies poses for a portrait during the Harlequins Ladies Squad Photo call in 2018

Harlequins ladies Co-Head Coach Karen Findlay gives orders during the warm up during the Harlequins Ladies v Loughborough Lightning Tyrrells Premier 15s match in January 2018

Harlequins ladies Co-Head Coach Karen Findlay gives orders during the warm up during the Harlequins Ladies v Loughborough Lightning Tyrrells Premier 15s match in January 2018

The post led to hundreds of homophobic and sexist posts by online trolls

The post led to hundreds of homophobic and sexist posts by online trolls

Posting on X, the Met Police said today: ‘It’s deeply regrettable that what should have been a moment to celebrate for @KarenFindlayMPS has been soured by the vile sexist and homophobic replies to the announcement of her appointment.’

It added in a statement: ‘Police officers are increasingly subjected to online abuse that simply wouldn’t be accepted offline The abuse directed at female officers and those from diverse backgrounds is often particularly personal and hurtful.

‘As organisations like the Met strive to become anti-discriminatory, both in relation to our communities and our workforce, some elements of social media are moving in the other direction.

‘We all need to o better, being respectful to each other and challenging all those who are not. 

‘Congratulations to Karen on her very well deserved appointment. The Met’s loss is absolutely BTP’s gain. We look forward to continuing to work closely with her in her new role.’

Comments responding to the forces’ defence of the ACC were similarly shocking, telling the authorities to ‘grow a backbone’ and labelling it ’embarrassing’ that they were willing to speak out against the online trolls.

The backlash led to many supportive comments of the officer, from within and out of policing

The backlash led to many supportive comments of the officer, from within and out of policing

One read: ‘Embarrassing the police feeling sorry for themselves in tweets. Real coppers would get on with it..

Other comments called it ‘box ticking’ and hit out at the force being the ‘thought police’, undeterred by the statements addressing the trolling.

The backlash led to many supportive comments of the officer, from those within and out of policing.

TV personality Rob Rinder posted: ‘We only hear about policing failures never their successes. 

‘They aren’t perfect and don’t claim to be. Karen Findlay has dedicated her life to keeping the public – all of us – safe. She should be thanked by all of us. Instead this.’

Assistant Commissioner Pippa Mills of the Met Police posted: ‘A respected, operationally experienced and credible leader taking the next step in her policing career. 

‘The wave of congratulations from colleagues are testament to Karen’s reputation. 

‘The disgusting sexist and homophobic comments from a few anon accounts don’t dignify a response.’

In December of last year, while she was serving in the Met Police, the ACC was recognised in the New Year Honours list.

She called the awards she received a ‘lovely, unexpected surprise’. 

Originally serving in Grampian Police in the northeast of Scotland, she transferred to the Met in 1993.



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