Plain clothes officers to video call stations when stopping women, says Met chief

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The chief of the Metropolitan Police has revealed that plainclothes officers will now video call the control room for verification when women are stopped.

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Dame Cressida Dick said: “What I can say today is that we are introducing our ‘secure connection’, as we call it, which allows a woman to be immediately stopped by a police officer that This is a police officer.

“My plainclothes officers would call into a control room, then they would do a video call with a sergeant in uniform who would say ‘yes, there is and such, that’s PC X, Y, Z’ – so fast, easy way, which is again instigated by the officer and not by the woman asking for it… which I hope will be a way that people can feel reassured.”


Off-duty Metropolitan Police Officer Wayne Coozens is under new verification investigation after he used his warrant card and handcuffs to kidnap Sarah Everard, as she drove home to south London earlier this year and raped her. And before killing.

Ms Dick said the Met had reviewed its widely criticized safety advice, issued soon after Couzense’s sentencing, for women to stop a bus or passerby if stopped by a police officer. If he goes, he does not believe because he had given evidence to the London Assembly. Police and Crime Committee on Wednesday

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She told the committee: “I want to be clear: it is on the officer to deal professionally with the person they are talking to and in very unusual circumstances a plainclothes police officer is talking to a single woman. is – which is likely to be extremely unusual in London – we would expect them to go to every effort, first to recognize that the woman may feel uncomfortable, to explain herself well, herself well To recognize … to call a colleague.

“Some safety advice – I have to say when in a press conference, pressed, pressed, pressed – if all else fails and you’re really worried you’re going to want to get help.

“I completely understand why it ended up as the title. It was not intended and it is not how we see things and yes, we have reviewed it.

“The problem here is men’s violence against women, the problem isn’t women or women, it really isn’t.”

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