Cressida Dick Denies Facial Recognition Privacy Invasion… Due to the Cameras Being Broken

While she may be on her way out, there are still plenty of opportunities for Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick to show off her PR skills. Take this incident recorded by Big Brother Watch yesterday when the Metropolitan Police tried showing off their new facial recognition system, another civil liberties slow-motion car crash visible from space. When the civil liberties group caught word of the photoshoot they popped over to ask Dick some questions about the system, not least the impending mass-privacy breach. Her defence? They’re a “great bit of technology”, however “nobody’s privacy was intruded on” that afternoon since they hadn’t actually managed to get the cameras working…

When challenged by Big Brother Watch director Silkie Carlo about the 95% rate of misidentification by the technology, the Commissioner loftily replied that she was “not going to get into the debate about 95%” as “that’s not the position we have”. The final straw came when she was asked by a campaigner about the cameras working even more poorly with women and people of colour. Asked what she’d say to the innocent young black boy who had been wrongly flagged by facial recognition cameras as a wanted criminal last month, Dame Cressida didn’t respond and promptly walked off…

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Cressida Dick Resigns

Statement from Commissioner Cressida Dick:

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. He has left me no choice but to step aside as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.

At his request, I have agreed to stay on for a short period to ensure the stability of the Met and its leadership while arrangements are made for a transition to a new Commissioner.

Undertaking this role as a servant of the people of London and the UK has been the greatest honour and privilege of my life.

Throughout my career I have sought to protect the people of this wonderful thriving and diverse city.

There have been many tough calls. And many challenges. The 2017 terrorist attacks, the Grenfell fire, difficult protests, the pandemic, the murder of serving officers.

I’m incredibly proud of my team and all they have achieved.

Since day one tackling violence in all its forms has been my number one priority. We continue to see teenagers murdered on our streets and every attack is a tragedy.

But we are delivering and overall violence is down. The Met is bucking the national trend. We are achieving remarkable results in key areas of violence, with thousands of fewer victims of knife crime, robbery and other attacks.

I leave a Met that is growing and will soon record the largest ever number of officers. London is becoming safer. These great people include more women than ever in every rank and role and an increasing number from a broad range of ethnic backgrounds that truly reflect the diversity of London.

This Met is looking to the future and is ready for threats to come. Officers are better equipped and better informed as we take advantage of mobile and other technologies and forensic capabilities, and introduce better uniform and safety equipment.

We are delivering enormous transformational change, improving our systems and trialling innovative and state-of-the-art technology including live facial recognition and faster ways to capture and examine digital information.

Our counter terrorism capability is world leading. Last year I was extremely proud to see the first phase of the Counter Terrorism Operations Centre bringing all agencies together in one place as we adapt to the evolving threat.

This is the Met where every hour of every day our people perform heroic acts to protect the public. We are more accountable, more transparent and more open than ever – with deeper links to our communities.

The murder of Sarah Everard and many other awful cases recently have, I know, damaged confidence in this fantastic police service. There is much to do – and I know that the Met has turned its full attention to rebuilding public trust and confidence. For that reason I am very optimistic about the future for the Met and for London.

Thank you to everyone in the Met and those who work with us for the extraordinary efforts you make each and every day. The public depend on you, for your professionalism, courage, compassion and integrity. You make a huge difference to people’s lives every day. I salute you.

Seven hours ago she said she had “no intention” of going…

UPDATE: Sadiq statement

Last week. I made clear to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner the scale of the change I believe is urgently required to rebuild the trust and confidence of Londoners in the Met and to root out the racism, sexism, homophobia, bullying, discrimination and misogyny that still exists. 

I am not satisfied with the Commissioner’s response.

On being informed of this, Dame Cressida Dick has said she will be standing aside. 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.”

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Metropolitan Chief Confirms Investigating #Partygate

Cressida Dick to the London Assembly…

“As a result of the information provided by the Cabinet Office inquiry team and my officers own I can confirm the Met are investigating a number of offences that took place in Downing St and Whitehall over the past 2 years that appear to have breached regulations.”

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Cressida Dick Confirms Met Investigation into Downing Street Parties

Dick confirms Guido’s exclusive as per 40 minutes ago – the Met are launching an investigation into a number of Downing Street parties. Gray says the reason for investigation is three-fold:

  • Those breaking the rules should have been aware of the rules
  • Not investigating would undermine the legitimacy of the law
  • Where there is little ambiguity around the absence of any reasonable defence

She goes on to inform the committee that as a result of information provided by the Cabinet Office, and as a result of the Met’s own inquiries, the Met is now investigating a number of events.

She says that fixed penalty notices may not be issued to every person involved, and they won’t give a running commentary. Whether this pauses Sue Gray’s investigation, No. 10 are yet to comment…

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Cressida Dick to Confirm Police Will Investigate Downing Street Parties

In less than an hour members of the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee (PCC) will quiz the Metropolitan Police chief. The PCC has indicated it will make the most of Cressida Dick’s appearance by questioning her about the parties that have been held. The grilling could prove uncomfortable if she refused to explain why Downing Street’s parties were not being investigated.

London Assembly members Caroline Russell of the Greens and Caroline Pidgeon of the LibDems will lead the questions, after Tory Shaun Bailey quit as chairman of the Police and Crime Committee following revelations of his own “raucous” lockdown breaching party before Christmas.

The Metropolitan Police chief has come under pressure to investigate the parties given other parties held in London at the same time were investigated, and prosecutions followed. That the law is not being enforced equitably has become an issue for the under pressure police chief. Downing Street has been informed of the planned change of stance…

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Jolyon Suing Met Over Failure to Investigate No. 10 Parties

The Met’s morning isn’t going much better than No. 10’s, as Jolyon’s Good Law Project has just issued formal legal proceedings against the force over their failure to investigate the No. 10 party on 18 December 2020. Prior to Christmas, the project asked the Met to explain their decision not to investigate and, if they couldn’t, reverse their decision. As Jolyon’s team point out, each new party revelation makes the Met’s policy of not investigating even more damning. 

Their letter points out the force’s absurd policy of refusing to carry out any investigative work of its own, merely relying on No. 10’s unbelievable assurances that no rules had been broken. Despite Guido having many differences with Jolyon, he’s right to press this one – the Met have been inconsistent in how they apply lockdown laws to Downing Street staff and us mere plebs. Jolyon says:

“You can have the rule of law, or you can defer to the powerful. But you can’t have both. Cressida Dick’s cat will know that multiple criminal offences were committed. It shames the Met, and ultimately all of us, that she refuses to investigate.”

Bring it on…

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