The Metropolitan Police’s deputy deputy commissioner has admitted that there is a “crisis” in the Trust Police following the assassination of Sarah Everard by a police officer on duty.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s today Bas Javid admitted that “there is a lot of work to be done to restore that confidence and give people the confidence to move forward”.
Everard was kidnapped, raped, and killed by Met officer Wayne Couzens in March. Couzens has since been sentenced to life imprisonment.
In addition to an independent review of the standards and culture of the force announced last week, Javid said Scotland Yard is taking other “proactive” steps to help women and girls “feel safe in the communities.”
These measures include investigating all ongoing sexual and domestic abuse allegations against officials and staff and significantly increasing the number of officers investigating police misconduct, he said.
When asked if the Met’s recent advice was deaf, suggesting that women wave off a bus if they were unsure of an officer approaching them, the deputy deputy commissioner said, “I think that’s just one of them many measures that you can take. “
Mr Javid’s comments come after the former Supreme Court President said police violence against women was “not a new phenomenon and has been going on for many years.
Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, Lady Hale, the first female president of the court, said: “If you were a lawyer in the north of England in the 1970s, you would inevitably have come across one story after another of police officers abusing their position against women” .
“What’s new in the past few weeks is the meaning of a really, really terrible story, and perhaps made worse by the fact that it was a young, beautiful, middle-class white woman, while all of the women had equally terrible experiences have made, t had the celebrities. “