Cressida Dick to leave Met police post next week, says Sadiq Khan | Cressida Dick

Cressida Dick will leave her role as the Metropolitan police commissioner at the end of next week.

Dick’s last day will be on Sunday 10 April, the mayor of London’s office said. The home secretary, Priti Patel, had announced earlier in the week that the commissioner’s tenure would end sometime in April.

Dick quit in a surprise move last month but agreed to stay on until arrangements to find a replacement were finalised.

Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, will work with Patel to supplement Dick’s replacement. The new commissioner is expected to “address the deep cultural issues facing the Met police service”, the mayor’s office said.

Dick’s deputy, Sir Stephen House, will serve temporarily as acting commissioner. There is expected to be a period of months before a new commissioner is found.

A spokesperson for the mayor of London said: “The mayor thanks Dame Cressida Dick for her decades of public service. The mayor has been clear that candidates for the next commissioner must have a plan to restore the trust and confidence of Londoners.”

In a tweet, Dick said: “My last working day as Met commissioner will be April 10. It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of London and the UK.

“I will share more on the work of my brave officers and staff next week.”

Dick, who was the first female commissioner of the Met, resigned in February after she failed to convince Khan she could reform the force and decided to boycott a meeting with the mayor to discuss why he thought her plans were inadequate. Her resignation was announced hours after she told a radio phone-in that she had “absolutely no intention” of stepping down as the head of the police force.

Khan’s confidence in Dick’s leadership reached breaking point following an official report that revealed details of a scandal at Charing Cross police station, where officers swapped racist, sexist, misogynistic and Islamophobic messages. Two of the 14 officers investigated were promoted, while nine continued to serve in the Met.

Dick’s time in the role has been marked by controversy. During her tenure, the Met was described as “institutionally corrupt” and she faced resignation calls from Black Lives Matter activists who said she “failed to acknowledge” racism within the force. Among other scandals at Britain’s biggest police force, Dick has also been criticized over Operation Midland, Sarah Everard’s murder and the death of Daniel Morgan.

Before becoming head of the Met, she had been gold commander in the room during the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Jean Charles de Menezes in 2005. While she was cleared of any “personal culpability”, his family called for Dick to be barred from leading the Met.

House has demanded an inquiry into the circumstances of Dick’s resignation. Aides to Patel hope it will reassure any candidates for Met commissioner that they could not be easily pushed out of the role. The review by Sir Tom Winsor, who stepped down at the end of March as the chief inspector of constabulary, will focus only on Dick’s ousting from the force.

The Met commissioner is appointed by the home secretary, who must have “due regard” for the views of the mayor of London.

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