A serving Metropolitan Police officer has been charged with rape, the Crown Prosecution Service said tonight.
David Carrick, 46, from Stevenage, will appear at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
PC Carrick, who was off duty at the time of the alleged attack, is a member of the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, which guards some of the UK’s most secure buildings including 10 Downing Street.
The CPS said: ‘The CPS has today authorised Hertfordshire Constabulary to charge serving Metropolitan Police officer David Carrick, 46, with one count of rape following an alleged attack on a woman on the night of 4 September 2020.
Officer David Carrick, 46, will appear at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court at 10am tomorrow
‘The defendant’s first court appearance will take place via video link at 10am tomorrow at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court.’
The Metropolitan Police said Pc Carrick was arrested on October 2 by Hertfordshire Constabulary. He was suspended the same day by the Met, the force added.
A referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said: ‘I am deeply concerned to hear the news today that an officer from the Met’s Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command has been arrested and now charged with this serious offence. I fully recognise the public will be very concerned too.
‘Criminal proceedings must now take their course so I am unable to comment any further at this stage.’
Malcom McHaffie, the chief prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern, added: ‘The CPS has today authorised Hertfordshire constabulary to charge serving Metropolitan police officer David Carrick, 46, with one count of rape following an alleged attack on a woman on the night of 4 September 2020.
‘The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.’