DAME Cressida Dick wants to continue to run the Met Police despite the force being hit by a string of scandals, according to a report.
The Met Police commissioner is reportedly expected to ask for an extension to her contract, which expires in April.
Dame Cressida Dick reportedly wants to continue to run the Met Police despite the force being hit by a string of scandalsCredit: PA
Fans were seen breaking down barriers at Wembley
Dick, 60, has indicated to a number of figures in government and policing that she wishes to continue in her post, according to The Times.
Sources told the newspaper that Dick will initiate informal discussions next month to gauge whether ministers want her to stay in office.
Priti Patel will make the ultimate decision but she must take recommendation from Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who oversees the day-to-day running of the force.
It comes after the force faced a barrage of criticism on Sunday over policing failures at Wembley stadium during England’s clash with Italy.
The Met was accused of failing to deploy enough officers to stop yobs without tickets from breaching security barriers and gaining entry.
Drunken hooligans broke through barriers and brawled as stewards battled to keep control, with fears that the chaotic scenes could hamper England’s bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
The Met Police reported at least 86 arrests in London, including 53 at Wembley, for ABH, drunk and disorderly behaviour and criminal damage.
CALLS TO RESIGN
It came just two days after the watchdog announced a probe into claims that Met cops allegedly failed to investigate incidents of indecent exposure allegedly committed by Sarah Everard’s killer.
Couzens, a former gun cop who served with the Met since 2018, has admitted the kidnap, rape and murder of the 33-year-old marketing executive.
Among the ongoing investigations is a probe into alleged Met Police failures to investigate two incidents of indecent exposure linked to Couzens in London in February 2021 – just weeks before Miss Everard’s disappearance.
Two officers are being investigated for possible breaches of professional standards at misconduct level.
Dick also faced calls for her resignation after women were handcuffed and arrested at a vigil in Everard’s memory shortly after her death.
But she hit back, defending her officers’ conduct and accusing critics of a “social media-pile on” without “knowing the facts”.
Meanwhile, knife crime in London has surged this year with teenage murders heading towards a 13-year high.
The youngest teen to be killed in London this year was Fares Maatou, 14, who was allegedly stabbed to death with a Samurai sword in Newham in April.
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