The mayor of London has thanked the outgoing Metropolitan police commissioner, Dame Cressida Dick, for 4 many years of “dedicated public service” on her ultimate day within the position.
Dick resigned following Sadiq Khan’s public criticism of her dealing with of a gaggle of cops primarily based at Charing Cross police station who had shared racist, homophobic and misogynistic messages on WhatsApp.
Other scandals, together with the heavy-handed policing of a vigil for Sarah Everard, who was murdered by a serving Met officer, are thought to have contributed to the choice. Her resignation in February got here simply hours after she stated she had no intention of quitting.
In an announcement, Khan stated: “I would like to thank Dame Cressida Dick again for almost four decades of dedicated public service, with the vast majority spent at the Met, where she was the first woman to become commissioner. In particular, I commend her for the recent work in helping us to bring down violent crime in London.”
He stated he wouldn’t assist the appointment of a brand new commissioner who “doesn’t understand or acknowledge the scale of the challenge facing policing”.
“I’m now working with the home secretary on the recruitment of a new commissioner,” he stated. “I’ve been clear that I won’t support the appointment of anyone who doesn’t understand and acknowledge the scale of the challenge facing policing. Regaining the trust and confidence of London’s communities is crucial to policing by consent and making our city safer.”
Dick will take unused annual go away till her ultimate day of official employment on 24 April. It is known she’s going to obtain a severance fee of £166,000, the vast majority of which is expounded to a six-month discover interval plus an extra fee of two months’ wage.
On Friday Dick warned towards the “politicisation of policing”, saying it was “a threat not just to policing but to trust in the whole criminal justice system”.
“The current politicisation of policing is a threat not just to policing but to trust in the whole criminal justice system,” she wrote in a “letter to London”. “Operational independence from local and central government is crucial for an effective democracy and is a model respected around the world. We must all treasure and protect it.”
The deputy commissioner, Sir Stephen House, will function performing commissioner whereas the recruitment course of continues. It is anticipated to take as much as 5 months.