Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick announced her RESIGNATION following A series of damaging controversies and THE recent ultimatum to reform the police from the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.
Dame Cressida said she had “no choice” left but to resign after London Mayor Sadiq Khan made it clear to her following a recent meeting with her that he had no confidence in her leadership.
Last week,the IOPC, the police watchdog discovered evidence of what they described as “disgraceful” misogyny, discrimination and sex harassment among some Met PCs.
Dame Cressida Dick was the first ever woman to lead the Metropolitan Police, which is the biggest UK police force, but recently she has faced criticism over the officer who killed police Sarah Everard and the police reaction in the arresting of women protesters following the murder.
Her conduct was referenced in an independent report that accused the force of institutional corruption over the unsolved murder of Daniel Morgan, and before she became commissioner she was in charge of the operation that led to the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.
Speaking on BBC London hours before her departure was announced, she insisted that she had previously “absolutely no intention” of quitting, but that she was and that she was “seething angry” about the IOPC findings from their investigation into indemic racist and misogynist culture within Charing Cross police station.
Mr Khan said he was “not satisfied” with Dame Cressida’s response and that she “will be stepping aside” as a result, and he thanked her for her 40-year policing career.
He said he would now “work closely with the home secretary on the appointment of a new commissioner” with an aim to restore trust in the Met.