Cressida Dick: The chief of London’s Metropolitan Police resigns after a series of scandals
In a statement on Thursday, she said: “It is with great sadness, following today’s contact with the Mayor of London, that it is clear that the Mayor no longer has enough confidence in my leadership to move on. He left me no choice but to leave, on the side as a commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.”
Her resignation came just hours after she told the BBC that she had “absolutely no intention” of leaving her post.
It follows the release of a damning report by the Independent Bureau on Police Conduct last week, which revealed what it called a culture of misogyny and racism within the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).
Responding to the report, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said there were clear “cultural issues” with British policing and that she was absolutely “appalled and disgusted” by the report’s content.
The report focused on nine linked independent investigations into on-duty MPS officers based primarily at London’s Charing Cross Police Station. After several officers were found guilty of serious misconduct, the report made 15 recommendations to “change police practice” in the UK.
In her resignation statement, Dick said she had agreed to stay “for a short period” to ensure stability of the force while “arrangements are made for the transition to a new commissioner.”
She acknowledged that Everard’s murder and other scandals had “damaged” trust in the force, but said she had “turned her full attention to rebuilding public trust and trust.”
“Throughout my career I have tried to protect the people of this beautiful, thriving and diverse city,” said Dick.
“There were a lot of difficult decisions. And many challenges. The 2017 terrorist attacks, the Grenfell fire, difficult protests, the pandemic, the killing of serving officers. I am incredibly proud of my team and everything they have achieved.”
Dick became the first woman to hold the post of Met commissioner in 2017, having previously served as deputy commissioner for special operations from 2011 to 2014 and as head of the National Police Chief Council for counterterrorism. She first joined the Met in 1983 and worked her way up through the ranks over the years.
“Last week I made clear to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner the scale of the change that I believe is urgently needed to rebuild Londoners’ trust in the Met and to eradicate racism, sexism, homophobia, bullying, discrimination and misogyny that abounds.” , he says. “I am not satisfied with the Commissioner’s answer.”
He added: “It is clear that the only way to bring about the scale of change needed is to have new leadership directly at the head of the Metropolitan Police.”
The Mayor said he will be working closely with Patel to appoint a new commissioner “so we can act quickly to restore confidence in the capital’s policing service while keeping London safe”.
CNN’s Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London and Kara Fox contributed from New York. CNN’s Niamh Kennedy and Sharon Braithwaite contributed to this report.