London police chief Cressida Dick has resigned after a slew of scandals undermined confidence in her ability to deal with the problems afflicting the force.
Trust in the Metropolitan Police was shaken by the abduction, rape, and murder of a woman, Sarah Everard, by one of its officers last year, and has been further undermined by more recent revelations of a culture of bullying, racial discrimination, and misogyny.
Dick announced her resignation on Thursday after the mayor of London Sadiq Khan told her he was not convinced she could carry out the reforms necessary to rebuild Londoners’ trust in the Met.
“It’s clear that the only way to start to deliver the scale of the change required is to have new leadership right at the top of the Metropolitan Police,” Khan said.
Dick said she was left with no choice but to stand down.
“It is with huge sadness that following contact with the mayor of London today, it is clear that the Mayor no longer has sufficient confidence in my leadership to continue,” she said.
Dick, an experienced counter-terrorism officer, was the first woman to lead London’s 193-year-old police force and had had her contract extended until 2024.
The sudden announcement comes amid an investigation into the “Partygate” scandal swirling around Prime Minister Boris Johnson over alleged parties held in breach of coronavirus restrictions.
The Met is expected to send letters to at least 50 people in the prime minister’s office on Friday, including Johnson, over the events, according to the Times newspaper.