Met Police crisis: ‘Enough is enough’, Dame Cressida Dick tells beleaguered force

The embattled commissioner has vowed to eliminate “nasty and inappropriate behaviour” in a letter sent to all 43,000 staff and officers in the Metropolitan Police.

Met Police chief Dame Cressida Dick has told the force “enough is enough” and warned “shameful” actions risk losing the consent of the public.

The embattled commissioner has vowed to eliminate “nasty and inappropriate behaviour” in a letter sent to all 43,000 staff and officers in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS).

The Sunday Telegraph newspaper revealed the under-fire chief issued a stark warning to her officers: “If this is you I have a message: the Met does not want you. Leave now”.

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Picture: Victoria Jones - Pool/Getty Images

Amidst the backlash to the damning accusations, which saw the watchdog deliver 15 calls for improvement, London mayor Sadiq Khan summoned Dame Cressida to a crisis meeting - warning her she had “days and weeks, not months” to fix the force’s culture problem.

In the letter, she wrote: “Our reputation is tarnished and people’s confidence in us has fallen.

“This is serious and it is urgent. To lose public consent would be unthinkable.

“Action is needed now. Enough is enough.”

And she told colleagues “brilliant [police] work” had been “overshadowed by appalling instances of utterly unprofessional conduct and criminality by colleagues” over the last year.

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick arrives at Scotland Yard on January 25, 2022 as the ‘partygate’ probe was announced (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Dame Cressida, who has faced calls to quit over the repeated scandal, continued: “Over the last few months we have seen a depressing number of shameful cases that not only threaten public trust, confidence and consent, but also are drowning out the extraordinary achievements of this fantastic police service.

“I know the vast majority of our officers and staff are dedicated and passionate about keeping London safe, and doing the right thing. I need you to do the right thing, now.

“That means being professional and calling out all bad behaviour or prejudice. To not do so, to turn away or ignore where standards fall, is a failure of responsibility.

“We are all more scrutinised than ever. And what you may regard as ‘private’ (in social media or WhatsApp, for example) can all too easily now and in the future become public.

“I know it takes courage to speak out. I want you to know you have my personal support to make yourself heard. Call it out, tell someone you trust, don’t let it continue.

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“This is of course incredibly important for supervisors and leaders but it is equally important for every single one of us.

“Standing by is not an option.”

Top government fixer Dame Louise Casey today begins a probe into the force’s culture, announced after the rape and murder of Sarah Everard, 33, by serving cop Wayne Couzens.

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