Police Scotland is to check its staff against national databases amid a push for better vetting of officers. 

It comes after it was revealed one of Britain’s most prolific sex offenders was a serving policeman in London.

Former Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick admitted earlier this week to committing dozens of rape and sex offences during his time in the force.

Police Scotland’s Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor has confirmed the Scottish force will follow the constabularies in England in Wales and check  UK-wide databases to “identify anyone who has slipped through the net”.

The top officer said the checks will be carried out to “further enhance our ability to safeguard our values and standards”.

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Ms Taylor said the force was “resolute in our determination to address sexism, misogyny and violence against women, within our organisation and across society”.

“Police Scotland has already strengthened vetting measures, introducing an additional check for new recruits just before they are sworn into office and we will commence a rolling programme to review vetting decisions this year,” she said.

“We have recently invested in our vetting team and take relevant action where concerns emerge.

“To further enhance our ability to safeguard our values and standards, all officers and staff will be checked against national systems, in line with work being taken forward in England and Wales.”

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Police Scotland is the country’s second-largest force after the Met and employs 23,000 officers and staff.

Carrick, 48, was found to have committed gross misconduct after admitting 49 criminal charges, including 24 counts of rape against 12 women over an 18-year period.

He was sacked as a Pc by the Met on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak calling Carrick’s abuse of power was “truly sickening”, adding “the police must address the failings in this case, restore public confidence and ensure the safety of women and girls”.