Sadiq Khan thanks Cressida Dick on last day as Met commissioner | Cressida Dick

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The Mayor of London has thanked outgoing Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick for four decades of “dedicated public service” on her last day in the role.

Dick resigned after Sadiq Khan’s public criticism of her dealings with a group of police officers at Charing Cross Police Station who had shared racist, homophobic and misogynistic messages on WhatsApp.

Other scandals, including the heavy-handed police crackdown on a wake for Sarah Everard, who was murdered by an on-duty Met officer, are said to have contributed to the decision. Her resignation in February came just hours after she said she had no intention of quitting.

In a statement, Khan said: “I want to thank Dame Cressida Dick again for nearly four decades of dedicated public service, the vast majority spent at the Met, where she was the first woman to become a commissioner. I particularly commend her for the recent work to help us reduce violent crime in London.”

He said he would not support the appointment of a new commissioner who “does not understand or recognize the magnitude of the challenge facing the police”.

‘I am now working with the Home Secretary to recruit a new Commissioner,’ he said. “I have been clear that I will not support the appointment of anyone who does not understand and recognize the magnitude of the challenge facing the police. Regaining the trust of London’s communities is crucial to policing and making our city safer.”

Dick takes unused annual leave until her last working day on April 24. She will reportedly receive a severance payment of £166,000, the bulk of which is related to six months’ notice plus an additional two months’ salary.

On Friday, Dick warned of the “politicization of the police”, he said, “a threat not only to the police, but to confidence in the entire criminal justice system”.

“The current politicization of the police poses a threat not only to the police, but to confidence in the entire criminal justice system,” she wrote in a “letter to London”. “Operational independence of local and central government is crucial for effective democracy and is a model respected around the world. We must all cherish and protect it.”

The Deputy Commissioner, Sir Stephen House, will act as Acting Commissioner as the recruitment process continues. This is expected to take up to five months.

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