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Met Police chief ‘unlikely’ to keep title after Sarah Everard vigil

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Original article from Kent Live

Met Police Chief Cressida Dick's contract is "unlikely to be extended" after calls for her to resign.

After much scrutiny for the handling of the BLM protests last year and the Sarah Everard vigil last week, Cressida has faced many calls for her resignation.

It now appears that she will be unable to keep her position in the Metropolitan Police force, when her contract renewal date comes around, reports MyLondon.

Now, Priti Patel is "unlikely" to extend Dame Cressida Dick's contract, a government source told The Times.

Back in September 2020, demonstrators outside Scotland Yard said the police commissioner failed to acknowledge racism in the force. Ms Dick also said she would not "take a knee" in the symbol of solidarity with BLM protesters.

Fast forward to March 2021, and she is now facing further scrutiny following the handling of Sarah Everard's vigil, which ended in women pinned to the ground and arrested by police.

So, despite Ms Patel and Ms Dick's "very functional" working relationship, as the government source claimed, it is thought the police chief's contract will not be renewed in April, 2022.

Protesters gather at the start of a Black Lives Matter demonstration and march in Hyde Park

The source said: "Cressida is not seen as having done a great job. The police approach to the vigil and the handling of the Black Lives Matter protests p***ed off a lot of people.

"The general expectation is that her contract won’t be extended."

Both the Home Secretary and Mayor of London requested an independent investigation into the handling of Sarah Everard's vigil. Mr Khan said it left him "unhappy and angry".

He told MyLondon : "I thought the vigil was an exceptional event where woman, girls and allies could come together to pay their respects to Sarah Everard but also to be a focal point for this really important issue.

"I’ve been on record saying I’m unhappy and angry with how the vigil was policed and that’s why I’ve asked two separate independent watchdogs to look into how it was policed and what lessons can be learned."

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Some senior police leaders told The Times they did not think Ms Dick would even want an extension to her contract.

One said: "She is on a big salary, it’s a hugely demanding job. She is a very good commissioner but it takes a huge toll. It’s a big assumption that she even wants an extension."

But on Monday (March 15), Ms Dick said she had no intention of resigning, claiming that "what has happened makes me more determined, not less, to lead my organisation."

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