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Dame Cressida Dick Wants To Keep Her Job As Metropolitan Police Commissioner

Despite a spate of controversies under her watch, including the botched VIP paedophile ring probe and the scandals surrounding Sarah Everard’s death, Dame Cressida Dick wants to stay on as Britain’s top police officer.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner is likely to make an informal pitch to remain in charge of Britain’s largest police force next month, according to reports today.

She aspires to extend her contract, which is slated to expire in April, and has told a number of political and law enforcement officials that she intends to stay in office, according to the Times.

It comes after the Met was chastised again this week following the violence at Wembley Stadium during the Euro 2020 final on Sunday.

The police department was accused of not having enough policemen on duty to construct a ‘ring of steel’ around the stadium to keep unticketed supporters out.

The Wembley security fiasco occurred just two days after Wayne Couzens, a member of her force’s diplomatic protection unit, confessed to the murder of Sarah Everard.

Couzens was not arrested before abducting the 33-year-old marketing manager for flashing offenses that had been reported to the police, prompting questions from the Met.

Women were arrested at a vigil held in remembrance of Miss Everard, prompting calls for the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s resignation.

Dame Cressida Dick wants to stay in her job despite a spate of crises, including the Wembley security debacle. It comes after the Met was chastised following violence at Wembley Stadium during the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner faced calls for her resignation earlier this year after women were arrested at a vigil organised in Miss Everard’s memory.

She was in command of the operation that resulted in the death of electrician Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, aboard a Tube train in south London in July 2005.

Mr de Menezes, a Brazilian working in London, was shot seven times in the head by police at Stockwell station after being pursued by officers from his home nearby.

He appeared to match the description of suspects whose bombs failed to detonate on the transportation system the day before, according to later investigations.

Their attempted strike came after the 7/7 terrorist attack in London earlier that month, which murdered 52 people on Tubes and a bus.

Further investigations exonerated Dame Cressida of all culpability, but when she was appointed Met Commissioner in 2017, Mr de Menezes’ family raised “severe reservations.”

‘It was an horrible incident – an innocent man slain by police,’ the top policewoman, 60, told the newspaper in 2018.

I’m the boss.

It was terrible for the family, and I was held accountable accordingly.

Every lesson that needed to be learnt was learned.

‘My role was to be counted, to tell the truth, and to keep going.’

It wouldn’t send a good message if police personnel disintegrated or quit when operations didn’t go well.’ In 2014, Dame Cressida was an assistant commissioner during the inception of Operation Midland, the Met’s probe into bogus VIP child sex abuse allegations.

The force chased innocent men, including the late Lord Brittan and former Tory MP Harvey Proctor.

Carl Beech, the Met’s star witness, was eventually shown to be a serial liar.

Dame Cressida was chastised for her choice of words after she suggested the victims of the London Bridge terror incident reflected the city’s ‘diversity’ in 2017.

‘Of course, we believe that’s what makes our city so amazing,’ the officer continued.

It’s a place where the vast majority of the time it’s highly integrated, and that diversity gives us strength.’ In 2019, the Met was severely chastised for its ‘light-touch’ policing of Extinction Rebellion rallies under Dame Cressida’s leadership.

Environmental protesters were given permission to obstruct important portions of the capital, including Westminster Bridge and Oxford Circus, for days.

Dame Cressida has a especially challenging 2021 ahead of her.

She came under intense pressure to retire as a result of the Met’s conduct of a vigil in memory of Sarah Everard, who was raped and murdered by serving officer Wayne Couzens.

After being requested to leave the area owing to Covid restrictions, women were shoved to the ground and detained, prompting complaints of ‘heavy-handedness.’

A watchdog report later exonerated the cops.

Last month, though, the pressure increased again when a damning investigation into the 1987 death of a private investigator who was investigating corrupt cops called her force’institutionally corrupt’ and lambasted her for obstructing evidence collection.

Daniel Morgan was slain with an axe to the head in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south-east London, and she said it was a “matter of great concern” that no one had been brought to justice.

Despite requests from Mr Morgan’s family to reconsider her position, she refused to resign over the situation.

An independent panel evaluating police inquiry into the unsolved murder of a private detective in the 1980s labeled the force as “institutionally dishonest.”

Furthermore, teen homicides are approaching a 13-year high, according to sources close to Dame Cressida, who said she remained committed to reducing youth violence, which was supposed to be her top focus when she became the Met’s first female commissioner in 2017.

This year, nearly two dozen youngsters have died, and the lifting of lockdown has resulted in an increase in violent crimes.

According to the Times, informal negotiations would take place next month, and the formal procedure will begin only if she receives confirmation from the government that she is welcome to stay.

She will be expected to quit if she does not give such an indication.

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, makes the selection, taking into account any recommendations from Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, who controls the Met’s day-to-day operations.

It comes after the police has faced a barrage of criticism – and calls for Ms Dick’s resignation – for its conduct of a vigil in Ms Everard’s honour.

Hundreds of women flocked to Clapham Common to pay their respects to the marketing manager who was raped and murdered by a police officer.

But, as police urged the gathering, which was mostly made up of young women, to leave the area, some were pinned to the ground and arrested.

Police had violated ‘basic rights’ in their conduct of the vigil, according to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Democracy and the Constitution (APPGDC).

However, a study by the watchdog Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services found that Metropolitan Police officers were not overly aggressive at the March 13 event, a judgment that prompted criticism from the ladies involved once again.

Dame Cressida apologised last month but refused to retire after a devastating report into the 1987 murder of a private investigator investigating corrupt cops labeled her force ‘institutionally corrupt’ and lambasted her for obstructing evidence collection.

Daniel Morgan was slain with an axe to the head in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south-east London, and she said it was a “matter of great concern” that no one had been brought to justice.

Officers who took bungs in brown envelopes,’moonlighted’ in other positions, and sold lucrative information to criminals may have sabotaged the investigation into Mr Morgan’s death, according to a report.

Police were allegedly paid not to arrest criminals who were in control of their bosses, who reportedly sought 10% of detectives’ monthly overtime and expense payments.

According to today’s findings, corrupt cops may have sunk the probe because they “felt their police careers and pensions were under jeopardy” and that “future, possibly lucrative corrupt practices” would be stopped.

Despite five police inquiries and an inquest, no one has been charged in the father-of-two’s killing, with the Metropolitan Police acknowledging that the original murder inquiry was impeded by corruption.

The shambolic Operation Midland – the Met’s PS1million probe into bogus VIP child sex abuse complaints – is perhaps the most devastating stain on her record.

Innocent men were sought by the force in a inquiry sanctioned in 2014 when Dame Cressida was an assistant commissioner, including the late Lord Brittan and former Tory MP Harvey Proctor.

Carl Beech, the Met’s star witness, was eventually proved to be a chronic liar who was arrested after police investigating his claims discovered his deception.

Later, Dame Cressida apologized to those involved in the probe, notably Lady Brittan, who demanded that the commissioner take responsibility for the force’s shortcomings.

Couzens’ ex-colleagues at the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC), where he joined in March 2011, reportedly dubbed him ‘The Rapist’ because he made some female officers uncomfortable. Couzens has pleaded guilty to murdering 33-year-old Ms Everard (shown above) after seizing her off the street when she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham.

Notwithstanding the criticism, Dame Cressida Dick has supporters, some of whom may help her keep her PS270,000-a-year commissioner position.

Despite concerns of waning support, she has consistently had public support from the Home Secretary.

She has received accolades for being the first female commissioner in the Metropolitan Police Department’s 190-year history, and she is considered to be popular among rank-and-file officers.

And she’s managed to ride through the issues that have accumulated over the course of her 40-year career, gaining accolades for her fortitude and earning the moniker ‘Comeback Cressida’ in some circles.

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