Cressida Dick woke up the Met Police saying all the right things but doing the wrong things

DAME Cressida Dick’s decision to resign as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police comes not too soon.

In my view, she is the epitome of everything wrong with policy today.

Cressida Dick is the epitome of everything wrong with today's policy and has presided over scandal after scandal.


Cressida Dick is the epitome of everything wrong with today’s policy and has presided over scandal after scandal.Credit: AFP

Nothing private. I spoke to her and she is a pleasant lady.

But under her command, the Met has become too alert and not focused enough on what should be its primary concern – fighting crime.

I wish there were more efforts to support victims of theft and violence than politically correct initiatives.

Above Dame Cressida’s See, the force played a political role while the public lost confidence that the Met was arresting the bad guys.

The crime statistics speak for themselves.

From January to December last year, the Met had a penalty detection rate of just 3.8% for home burglaries.

Just over 1,500 of the capital’s 40,000 burglaries have resulted in criminals being charged, receiving summons or community punishment.

It was horrible. Taxpayers deserve much better.

Last year was the worst year on record for juvenile homicides in London.

Shamefully, 30 teenagers have been murdered in the capital – the highest number since records began in 2003.

With the streets of London become a bloodbath, the Commissioner presides over scandal after scandal.

Last month, it appeared officers at Charing Cross Police Station exchanged disgusting messages.

A male officer told a female officer that he would happily “rape” her.

Then there are two PCs stationed at the crime scene of the two sisters’ murder Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman in a North London park in June 2020.

They were jailed after taking pictures of their bodies and sharing them with friends and colleagues on WhatsApp.

Perhaps the biggest scandal of her tenure came when an official report described her force as “institutionally corrupt” last June.


The report said Dick had put a “barrier” on his own in finding the truth about the 1987 murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan.

She messed up the investigation around. It was bad leadership for the Met boss.

When I was a cop, it was like the BBC series Life On Mars, showing the old school policy rough and tumble.

For me, being a policeman is not a job, it is a mission. Being a police officer is like being a nurse or a pastor.

It should be a way of life, not just a means of paying down a mortgage.

It was a tough culture back then, but we wanted to solve crimes and help victims.

We certainly wouldn’t take pictures of murder victims then take them out laughing or talking about raping WPCs.

But police today say all the right things but do all the wrong things.

The paradox seems to be that the more politically correct a force is, the worse the behavior of its officers.

People used to be proud of the police.


People from other countries look at us thinking we have the best police in the world.

That is clearly not the case anymore.

So what happened? And who can come in to clean up the mess?

As a working-class young man from Bolton, I spent 28 years in the police force and promoted to Chief Inspector before retiring in 2017.

My path into the police service – like many in my day – was through the Armed Forces. I served five years in the Royal Military Police.

When I was at Hendon police training college, there was something like half of the recruits in the death parade that had medals on their chests because they were soldiers, sailors, or pilots.

When I went back before retiring, I saw only one military medal out of 60 recruits.

Armed Forces recruits have been replaced by college graduates.

If you were walking down a dark alley and were attacked, who would you want to help you?

Someone who served in Afghanistan or someone with a degree in sociology?


I do not believe the public shares the politically correct obsessions of the Met.

People don’t complain that an officer who has come to investigate a break-in is a person of a particular color, sex, gender, or class.

They just want an officer who will investigate and catch the thief.

I believe the reason why British Revolution and Extinction Rebellion protesters were treated with baby gloves when they blocked the way for ambulances and other workers was because police officers were students. ex-members sympathize with them.

I think it’s time we looked beyond the ranks of the police force for a new Commissioner.

They must be extremist and criminal.

If it is the same character type as Dame Cressidanothing will change.

Need someone from outside.

Therefore, I propose the Interior Minister Priti Patel should bring in a former senior member of the Armed Forces.

We need those military ethos to change the culture of policing for the good of society.

And the first item in their tray? Stop focusing on the soft awakened stuff and start solving crimes.

  • Mick Neville is a former Metropolitan Police Detective Chief.
Image of rising star Cressida Dick in 1997


Image of rising star Cressida Dick in 1997Credits: Collect
Mick Neville is a former Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent


Mick Neville is a former Metropolitan Police Detective SuperintendentCredit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun Cressida Dick woke up the Met Police saying all the right things but doing the wrong things


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