Amber Rudd, 58, former Secretary of State, appeared on Wednesday’s ITV’s political talk show where she and host Robert Peston, 61, spoke about Commissioner of the Met Police Dame Cressida Dick, 61. The Met Police Commissioner, who will be in office until April 2024, has been met with concerns about leadership from the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Home Secretary Priti Patel and No 10 following the widespread anger over the force’s handling of the Sarah Everard tragedy.
Ms Everard was murdered by Met Police officer Wayne Couzens, who has since been sentenced to a whole-life term.
However, a report has found officers mainly based at Charing Cross were found to have joked about rape, killing black children and beating their wives.
The Met said it was “deeply sorry” after the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) published its findings.
Mr Peston asked Ms Rudd if Cressida Dick should have an extended term in office after the “horrific report”.
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Sources claim Priti Patel wishes to start the search for the next Met commissioner this summer, the BBC claims.
It is believed the Home Secretary is keen to look to candidates outside the force after both Ms Patel and the Prime Minister were unenthusiastic with the likely internal candidate for being too “political”.
Two sources claimed Ms Patel was “overruled” by No 10 and the decision was taken to extend Dame Cressida’s contract for two years, the BBC reported.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “In September 2021, following consultation with the Mayor of London, the Home Secretary extended the commissioner’s term until April 2024.
“This extension was agreed in order to provide continuity and stability as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic and deliver on our promise to recruit more police officers while driving down crime in the capital.”