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Sir Stephen House to be interim Met Commissioner until the summer

The Home Secretary has confirmed that Commissioner Cressida Dick will leave her post in April.

Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has confirmed that Cressida Dick will leave her role as Met Commissioner next month, to be replaced by the current Deputy until the post is filled permanently.

A permanent successor is expected to be appointed in the summer.

Dame Cressida Dick has been the first female Commissioner and has spent 38 years as an officer. The terms of her departure and her exact leaving date are yet to be finalised.

In a written statement the Home Office said the new Commissioner will be expected to focus on increasing confidence, reducing violence, tackling abuse of women and girls as well as targeting drugs, knives and weapons.

The statement also confirmed a review into the circumstances of Dame Cressida’s resignation, which will be led by out-going Chief HMIC Sir Tom Winsor.

The review will aim to establish the full facts, timeline and circumstances of the resignation as well as forming a conclusion on whether due process was followed.

The review will begin on April 1 and is expected to conclude in the summer.

In his last report as Chief HMI, Sir Tom Winsor, highlighted an atmosphere of “mistrust and fear” among chief constables prior to last year’s PCC elections, due to concerns PCCs “were abusing their powers”. He added that the relationship between PCC and chief should not be seen as “one of superior and supplicant”.

The Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Dame Cressida Dick was at the helm of the Met during extremely tough times, with terror attacks and the pandemic among the challenges she faced. Her dedication to protecting London and Londoners has helped drive down serious violence in the city and for that in particular she deserves our gratitude.

“Sir Steve House, her current deputy, will provide the stability and continuity the force needs as we focus on appointing the right person to lead the country’s largest force and make London an even safer place to live, work and visit.

“It is right that we have appropriate legislation in place to govern the modern policing environment and I believe the circumstances leading up to Dame Cressida’s departure warrant further scrutiny, which is why I have commissioned Sir Tom Winsor to conduct this Review.”

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