Sarah Everard Murder: Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick “Must Resign” After Wayne Couzens Sentencing, Says Harriet Harman

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Sarah Everard Murder: Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick “Must Resign” After Wayne Couzens Sentencing, Says Harriet Harman


Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has been called on to resign over the murder of Sarah Everard at the hands of a serving officer.

Wayne Couzens was sentenced to life imprisonment for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Mrs. Everard.

MP Harriet Harman called on Home Secretary Priti Patel to take urgent action to “rebuild women’s shattered confidence in the police service”, and told Metropolitan Police Commissioner she must step down to “allow these changes to pass”.

In a letter to Dame Cressida, the MP for Camberwell and Peckham, who is also the mother of the House of Commons and chair of the Joint Human Rights Committee, said: “Women need to be assured that the police is there to keep them safe. , so as not to endanger them. Women must be able to trust the police, not to fear them.

“I wrote to the Home Secretary to outline a number of steps that need to be taken to restore women’s shattered confidence in the police service.

“I think that it is not possible for you to carry out these necessary actions in the Metropolitan Police. I am sure you have to admit this, and I ask you to resign to allow these changes to be carried out and so that women can have justified confidence in the police.

Dame Cressida had appeared in court on Wednesday to hear how one of her own officers abused her position to carry out her crimes.

During the investigation into Ms Everard’s death, it emerged that Couzens had been linked to an alleged incident of indecent exposure as early as 2015.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct has opened an investigation into the Kent Police’s alleged failure to investigate.

An investigation is also underway into alleged failures by Met Police to investigate two allegations of indecent exposure linked to Couzens in London in February this year.

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Sarah Everard was on her way home when she was kidnapped by Couzens

The force said Couzens had adopted vetting procedures and a review after his arrest did not reveal any information available at the time that would have changed the decision.

He added that he had never been prosecuted for misconduct during his time in the force.

In a letter to Ms Patel discussing Couzens’ crimes, Ms Harman said: “It is clear that there had been too many warning signs about him that had been swept under the carpet. It cannot be rebuilt by trying to reassure that it was just, as the Metropolitan Police Commissioner put it, a “bad’un”.

“Women’s confidence in the police can only be restored with substantial and immediate changes. “

She called on the Minister of the Interior to propose changes, including:

  • Immediate suspension of officers in the event of an allegation of violence against women
  • Immediately dismiss officers in the event of conviction or confession of such a crime
  • Disciplinary action for serious misconduct, leading to dismissal, for failing to report fellow police officers for an allegation of violence against women
  • Examine someone’s attitudes towards violence against women, including violence during sex, as part of the police recruit check
  • New checks on officers who are transferred between forces for allegations of violence against women
  • Training for all serving officers with a course to teach them to “examine their own attitudes towards violence against women and recognize the signs in their colleagues”
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Wayne Couzens pleaded guilty to the kidnapping, rape and murder of Sarah Everard

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement after Couzens’ conviction: “The fact that this heinous crime was committed by a police officer makes it even more disturbing.

“There are serious questions that need to be answered about how we make sure something like this never happens again, and I am determined that the lessons are not only learned by the police, but put into practice. artwork. “

Couzens will die in prison after strangling Ms Everard with her police belt after kidnapping her under the guise of a false arrest.

Sentenced to the Old Bailey on Thursday, Lord Justice Fulford said the gravity of the case was so “exceptionally high” that it warranted a life sentence.



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