Met police promises NOTHING to restore trust after Wayne Couzens conviction

Cressida Dick: “Lessons will be learned”. It’s a nice promise but we’ve heard it too many times before. She has had plenty of time to devise a plan for restoring trust and she should have laid it out – but she didn’t, and she hasn’t.

I called it right, didn’t I?

Here’s Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick’s statement after former officer Wayne Couzens was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard. It’s more than five minutes long but you need to hear it before reading on:

Where was the contrition? This was a member of her organisation, who had been vetted and found fit to represent it despite numerous reports of behaviour that should have caused serious concern in the past. His nickname at the Civil Nuclear Constabulary was “The Rapist”, for crying out loud!

And where was the plan to make the police safe again and restore confidence? On its Twitter feed yesterday, the Met promised “we’ll comment further when hearing is complete”. Well, it is complete and all we’ve had from Commissioner Dick is the hackneyed old assurance that “lessons will be learned”.

And that’s what I called yesterday. I said

They’re likely to say that lessons have been learned – but nobody will act upon them.

I was right on the first part of that, and you can bet I’ll be right on the second.

Others certainly seem to think so. One of the earliest responses to Commissioner Dick’s statement came from a Twitter user who stated: “As a result of this case, I clearly need to advise my daughter how to act/respond to male police officers until such time it’s possible again to have any trust in your organisation.”

I’m willing to wager that’s the majority view.

The judge in the case said there was no evidence that the Met closed ranks to protect one of its officers…

… and I have no doubt that he was right. That is not the issue here.

The issue is the fact that we are seeing no effort to change the structural problems within the Metropolitan Police that allowed a man like Wayne Couzens to be put in a position where he could prey upon women.

Allow me to reiterate what I stated previously about the result of this case: women will be left in greater fear of violence against them than ever – not because of men, as some in politics and the media are signalling, but because of the police.

Cressida Dick had an opportunity to reassure us all that her organisation would take specific steps to restore trust. She has made a conscious decision not to.

Are we really going to just lie back and accept that?

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7 thoughts on “Met police promises NOTHING to restore trust after Wayne Couzens conviction

  1. Hecuba

    News flash – the met police is overwhelmingly male and it is men who are the ones committing male violence against women and girls. Therefore the women hating met police are continuing to ignore their institutional male culpability!

    The fact is a convicted male sexual predator was serving as a male police officer and his male colleagues colluded with him by ignoring his male sexual predatory behaviour! Cressida Dick is a pawn of the women hating boy police and that is why she was able to climb the ladder to become a Police Commissioner because she refused to challenge the women hating boy police establishment!

    Do not forget now dead male sexual predator Jimmy Saville enjoyed over a decade of male sexual predation on women and girls because the boys at the BBC refused to see this vile male was committing male sexual violence against women and girls! Nothing changes the boys all collude with each other to protect themselves from being held to account!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Now, we all know that Hecuba here is a misandrist (man-hater) but she makes good points here, doesn’t she?

      Can anybody find an argument that comprehensively contradicts the assertions she has made?

  2. William-Glyn THOMAS

    Too many paper qualified people in supervisory positions with little or no practical experience.
    The recruits are mirror of society as a whole and standards in society have dropped off the edge. Too much gutter language and children imitate and consider to be normal vocabulary. Bring back, Mary Whitehouse.
    Often Senior Officers prefer to sweep the rubbish under the carpet because they think disclosure might reflect on them or they haven’t got a clue how to tackle the problem. They adopt the “Three brass monkey” philosophy.
    I have witnessed many “fast-tracked officers” who can recite parrot-fashion rules, laws. legislation and procedures but when it comes to the crunch they haven’t got a clue how to implement them. Usually, they turn one of their subordinates (usually a Sergeant) to sort it out. They call it delegation but in fact it’s a question of passing the buck.

  3. Stu

    But…but… Bojob the racist, mysoginistic liar (allegedly?) is defending those with similar traits on the BBC and demanding that we trust them coz they will do more to help women?????

  4. William-Glyn THOMAS

    30 years in the Metropolitan Police I only experienced two women police officers I was confident working with. One was a constable. I was always pleased to have her as the wireless operator on the area car(blue lights etc). She always got stuck in. The other an Inspector who always led from the front. All the troops had a great respect for her. She wouldn’t ask anyone to do anything that she wouldn’t do herself. Even the villains respected her. I think she did eventually make Chief Superintendent but as she wasn’t a graduate entry she had to do it the hard way.
    I remember one graduate entry who was a right shirker she eventually became a Chief Constable.

  5. Jenny Hambidge

    Nobody as far as I know has pointed to the proliferation and availability of pornography which treats women as sex dolls. I know boys as young as 10 nor 11 who look at this material and get their ideas that women are objects to be used and overcome.There is also a huge growing anger amongst young men of a perception that women now “have it all”, a hatred of women and desire to punish. What is going on in our society -and not just ours _ that there is such a perception that women should be put in their place.

    1. William-Glyn THOMAS

      Its not just misogynists we have to police. There are many misandrists in our midst. A third of all Chief Constables are women. I have no problem with them rising to the top provided they do so on merit and not just to meet quotas.

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