The Metropolitan Police have offered guidance to those concerned about being approached by a lone police officer after the murder of Sarah Everard by a duty officer, including signaling a passing bus.
It comes after it was revealed that Ms Everard was falsely handcuffed and arrested in South London by Wayne Couzens before taking her to Kent, raping her, strangling her with his police belt and then burning her body in a refrigerator.
The council acknowledged that “women are concerned” and Met officials are concerned about the impact on confidence in the police, but said it is “unusual for a single plainclothes police officer to associate with someone in London.”
He said that if a person feels in “real and imminent danger and you don’t believe the office is who they say they are,” they should yell at a passerby, run to the house, knock on a door, call 999 if possible, or wave a bus to get off.
Everard was caught on CCTV of a bus with Couzens just before he “arrested” her and forced her into his rental car.
Surveillance Minister Kit Malthouse previously told Sky News that ‘Kay Burley Couzens’ actions have “undermined the good work of thousands upon thousands of police officers.”
He said Couzens’s murder of Ms. Everard had “dealt a devastating blow to confidence in the police, and the Metropolitan Police in particular,” but defended Commissioner Cressida Dick after calling for her resignation.
Zoe Billingham, Her Majesty’s former Police Inspectorate, told Sky News that the focus now must be on what needs to change in the police and what needs to be learned from “this monster, so it never happens again.”
The Met sent a letter to MPs last night, seen by Sky News, containing advice for those arrested by a single plainclothes officer, saying they should ask “some very scrupulous questions” about who they are and what they are doing.
He adds that officials can expect the public to be “understandably concerned and more distrustful than it ever would have been before, and should and will expect more questions to be asked.”
Following grim details during Couzens’s sentencing this week about how he used his position to falsely arrest Ms Everard, Conservative MP Caroline Nokes, chair of the select committee for women and equality, joined Labor MP Harriet Harman in calling for the resignation of Commissioner Dick.
Nokes told Sky News: “The Met needs to rebuild trust, and telling women to run if someone pretending to be a police officer tries to arrest them is not a solution.”
“The commissioner has had six months since Sarah Everard’s murder to come up with a plan to help restore confidence in the service she leads. Since she pleaded guilty, there has been only one possible outcome.” She needed to map out her plans. to restore confidence yesterday. , in detail.”
But Malthouse said he thinks Dick should stay because he wants a police leader who is transparent and can learn lessons.
“I think it’s Cressida Dick,” he said.
He added that he believes being a commissioner for the Met is “arguably one of the three most difficult jobs in the country,” but having worked with Ms. Dick for years, he is confident that she is “committed to whatever change emerges from the lessons. learned “.
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