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Police Commissioner keeps her job after public criticism


Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick leaves after a meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street in London, Britain August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Police Chief of London Cressida Dick will keep her job as Britain’s most senior officer, the British government said on Friday.

She faced an outcry to quit her job after her strict handling of prominent investigations and demonstrations.

Authorities extended Dick’s contract as Metropolitan Police Commissioner for two more years, the Ministry of Interior said.

The officer’s contract was due to end next year in April.

I am immensely honored and humbled to have extended my time as Commissioner for a further two years, Dick stated.

Dick is an Oxford University graduate whose position as the first female police commissioner in the force’s history has made it controversial.

She gained global fame for supervising an operation that an innocent Brazilian killed in July 2005.

An incriminating inquiry into police failings in long-unsolved murder investigations has exposed Dick to harsh criticism.

She also received criticism over handling a vigil operation for a police officer murdering a woman while dragging people for breaching Covid restrictions.

Moreover, people rebuked the police for a sharp rise in serious violence and stabbing crimes, especially among teenagers.

Also, They criticized police protest handling as being either too strict or too tolerant by allowing chaos in the capital.

Top critics of Dick wrote an open letter to authorities on Thursday asking for her replacement and accusing her of inadequacy.

However, Dick had support from Home Secretary Priti Patel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

She remained in charge of the London Police force, which includes 43,000 staff members and officers.

“People of London know there is more to do to keep our capital safe, including reducing violent crime,” Patel said.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the Commissioner and Mayor of London to protect the public,” she added.

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