Home Secretary Priti Patel has spoken out about her search for a new Met Police Commissioner, warning any successor to Dame Cressida that they face “stark challenges” in restoring faith in the police service. Ms Patel wrote in the Evening Standard that “this is the biggest leadership role in policing” and made reference to the “series of appalling incidents and too many historical cases involving serving Met Police officers.”
She added: “The public in London and across the entire country must once again have confidence in the integrity and professionalism of the police officers who serve them.
“Policing culture and conduct have rightly come under scrutiny.
“Be in no doubt that a new leader must tackle these institutional issues.
“I will appoint a commissioner who will deliver results for the public that our police serve and represent.”
Dame Cressida had been facing calls to resign as it was revealed that the Met was fostering a culture of racism, misogyny and homophobia.
The murder of Sarah Everard in March 2021 by serving officer Wayne Couzens led to widespread criticism of the Met for failing to address concerns that had been raised about his behaviour years prior.
Couzens was nicknamed ‘The Rapist’ and had been known as such since at least 2015.
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She added: “It is clear that the mayor no longer has sufficient confidence in my leadership to continue.”
She admitted that recent controversies, including the Sarah Everard case, had “damaged confidence in this fantastic police service.”
Metropolitan Police Federation chief, Ken Marsh, said Dame Cressida had been treated in a “wholly unfair” manner and that she was “much loved across the rank and file” of the Met.
Boris Johnson said after her resignation that he was grateful for her “protecting the public and making our streets safer.”