A serial sex attacker who targeted lone women in south London over a six-year period has been found guilty of rape and sexual assault.
Kirk Reid, 44, of Colliers Wood, was convicted of two rapes and 24 sexual assaults but police believe he was behind at least 71 attacks on women.
But, despite him appearing on their radar several more times, he was not arrested until January 2008 when detectives from Scotland Yard took over the case.
IPCC Commissioner Deborah Glass has vowed a thorough review of what went wrong.
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He added said the Met is responding to its alleged failings and will set up a new dedicated sex crimes command.
'Inadequate work' Police believe Reid may have been responsible for dozens of other attacks and have launched a help line for potential victims.
Previous reporting bans on the case were lifted with his convictions and he is scheduled to be sentenced later this year after undergoing psychiatric testing.
"The public will understandably ask if some of these attacks could have been prevented and indeed, if the police took the victims as seriously as they should," she said.
Reid's victims ranged in age from late teens to their early 60s and all of his victims were strangers who were walking alone, late at night.