Dame Cressida Dick Resigns as London Metropolitan Police Chief After Series of Scandals

Dame Cressida Dick resigned as London Metropolitan Police Commissioner on Feb. 10 after a series of scandals that damaged the biggest police force in the United Kingdom.

In a statement, Dick said that London Mayor Sadiq Khan left her with “no choice but to step aside” as he “no longer has sufficient confidence in my leadership to continue.”

Dick will stay as caretaker commissioner “for a short period.”

Dick’s resignation came hours after she told BBC Radio London that she had “absolutely no intention” of resigning and that she had a plan to get rid of the toxic culture within the Metropolitan Police.

However, City Hall informed Dick’s aides that her plan was inadequate.

“Last week, I made clear to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner the scale of the change I believe is urgently required to rebuild the trust and confidence of Londoners in the Met and to root out the racism, sexism, homophobia, bullying, discrimination, and misogyny that still exists,” Khan said in a statement.

“I am not satisfied with the Commissioner’s response,” Khan continued.

“It’s clear that the only way to start to deliver the scale of the change required is to have new leadership right at the top of the Metropolitan Police,” Khan further said.

The Metropolitan Police has faced a wave of criticism and scrutiny due to a series of scandals.

A report by the Independent Office for Police Conduct revealed that officers at Charing Cross police station shared racist, sexist, and Islamophobic messages on social media.

The handling of the murder, abduction, and rape of Sarah Everard by a Metropolitan Police officer last year also questions about the treatment of women by police.

An independent report also accused the Metropolitan Police of institutional corruption over the unsolved murder of Daniel Morgan.


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