A Metropolitan Police officer serving in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command has been charged with rape.
PC David Carrick, 46, of Stevenage, allegedly attacked a woman in St Albans on the night of September 4, 2020 while off duty.
Dame Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said she was “deeply concerned” by the news.
“I fully recognize that the public will also be very worried,” she added. “Criminal proceedings must now run their course, so I am not in a position to comment further at this point. “
Parliamentary and diplomatic protection command officers guard government-owned buildings, including the Palace of Westminster and embassies.
Carrick was charged on Sunday, after being arrested by Hertfordshire Police and then suspended by the Met on October 2. He remains in custody and will appear by video link in Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
The Met said it was awaiting the outcome of the criminal proceedings and that a referral had been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Malcolm McHaffie, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern, said: “The CPS today authorized Hertfordshire Police to charge serving Metropolitan Police Officer David Carrick, 46, with a count of rape following an alleged attack on a woman on the night of September 4, 2020.
“The accused’s first appearance will take place via video link tomorrow at 10:00 am.[on Monday] in Hatfield Magistrates’ Court.
“The prosecution reminds all those concerned that the criminal proceedings against the accused are active and that he has the right to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important that there is no reporting, commenting or sharing of information online that could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”