Women are now advised to shout if they felt suspicious of male police officers. The Met issued this guidance due to the recent harrowing crime of officer Wayne Couzens.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police suggests a few methods women should use if they fear a male officer to be disingenuous.
The advice may seem outlandish to some, but the police seem to have deemed it best solution.
According to the Independent, the force came under pressure to explain how it will prevent violence against women and regain their trust after serving officer Wayne Couzens brutal murder and rape of Sarah Everard.
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In a message on its website, the Met said it is “unusual for a single plain clothes police officer” to engage with any member of the public.
Therefore, any citizen is fully justified to ask the loner officer on the whereabouts of their colleagues.
“However,” the website message continued, “if you think you are in imminent danger then you should seek assistance by “shouting out to a passer-by, running into a house, knocking on a door, waving a bus down. Or if you are in the position to do so calling 999.”
The Independent has pointed out that Ms Everard would not have found any use of this advice. Considering she was alone at night when approached by Couzens.
Plans for Safer Future
The advice came hours after Met commissioner Cressida Dick apologised for failures of oversight in the Everard case, and faced demands for her resignation.
Alongside the advice, the Met has also pledged to publish a new strategy for tackling violence against women and girls. They outlined how they will prioritise action against sexual and violent predatory offenders.
According to the Independent, the new strategy will accompany a Predatory Offender Units. Since last November, these units have resulted more than 2,000 arrests for domestic abuse, sex offences, and child abuse.
The 650 new officers will be deployed into busy public places, “including those where women and girls often lack confidence that they are safe”, according to the force.
“There have been other horrific murders of women in public spaces,” says a spokesman of the Met. “Including the killings of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, and very recently of Sabina Nessa.”
“All of these bring into sharp focus our urgent duty to do more to protect women and girls.”
Couzens was on Thursday jailed for life after the rape and murder of Ms Everard.