Cressida Dick accused of ‘tinkering around the edges’ on women’s safety

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Cressida Dick accused of ‘tinkering around the edges’ on women’s safety

BRITAIN’S top cop was accused last night of “tinkering around the edges” on women’s safety. Met Police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick unveiled

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BRITAIN’S top cop was accused last night of “tinkering around the edges” on women’s safety.

Met Police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick unveiled plans to make plain-clothes officers prove who they are if they stop women.

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Dame Vera Baird said if Cressida Dick was serious about improving women’s confidence in policing, she should focus on fundamental change[/caption]

But Victims’ Commissioner Dame Vera Baird said if she was serious about improving women’s confidence in policing, she should focus on fundamental change.

She called for more thorough vetting of officers and implementing zero-tolerance to domestic abuse and sexual assault within the ranks.

“We need much more than tinkering around the edges,” she added.

The new Safe Connection system comes after the murder of Sarah Everard, 33, by rogue Met gun cop Wayne Couzens in March this year.

Dame Cressida yesterday told the Met’s London Assembly police committee: “My plain-clothes officers will call in to a control room.


“They will then have a video call with a sergeant in uniform who will say, ‘Yes that’s so-and-so, he’s PC XYZ’.

“A quick and easy way which is instigated by the officer, not by the woman having to ask. The onus is on the officer.”

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