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HAVE YOUR SAY: Are proposed measures for protecting women enough to make them feel safe?

 

PROTECTING WOMEN: Plain-clothes Met Police officers will prove they are not a threat to lone women by video calling uniformed supervisors back at the station.

Scotland Yard say they will then demonstrate who they are and why they are there by video calling one of the force's police operations rooms.

Women can also call 999 directly to ask for verification of an officer’s identification if they prefer or if video calling is now available.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick told members of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee that the new system will be introduced following the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving officer who staged a fake arrest in order to kidnap her.

The force was heavily criticised after suggesting that women who are concerned they are not being stopped legitimately should try to flag down a passing bus or run to a nearby house.

When asked whether the advice had been reviewed, Dame Cressida told the committee: “I completely understand why that ended up as the headline. It was not intended, and it is not how we see things. Yes we have reviewed it and I think we would address the question differently were it to come again in the future.

The new measures come following the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard by a serving police officer. A court heard how the officer, Wayne Couzens showed his badge and falsely arrested Ms Everard for breaching covid restrictions before carrying out his crimes. He has now been sentenced to a whole life term in prison.

Do you think this is a good measure? Would you feel more reassured if a police officer video called the control room? Do you think it will make a difference? Should this be rolled out across the country? What do you think should be done to help with protecting women?

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