VAWG: New police chief warned trust is at ‘all time low’

Calls to 'see some leadership' on culture within the Met

Monday, 29th November 2021 — By Isabelle Stanley

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Borough commander Andy Carter at the Town Hall debate

TACKLING violence against women and girls is the police’s number one priority according to new borough commander, Andy Carter.

Speaking at the Town Hall during Monday’s VAWG debate, Ch Supt Carter said: “I recognise that recent appalling events have shone a light on how much we as a police force must do with our partners to prevent future tragedies and to tackle predators.”

He added: “To reassure our communities, we have stepped up our patrols of open spaces and specific­ally Camden where our night time economy is at its busiest, increasing police presence in key locations through our intelligence.”

Two new Town Centre police teams are coming to the borough, to Camden Town in December and another arriving in Euston in the new year. Along with increased presence on the streets, Ch Supt Carter said the force is working with third sector organisations to improve prevention and victim care, and introducing schemes like Ask for Angela.

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Lib Dem leader Luisa Porritt addressing Ch Supt Carter

Lib Dem leader Councillor Luisa Porritt, whose request for the special session led to the debate being held, warned him: “Trust in the Met Police is at an all time low and there are many communities across London for whom that trust never existed in the first place.”

She added she wanted to “see some leadership” on tackling the culture within the city’s police force and incidents of misogyny.

Councillor Nadia Shah raised the issue of the gender disparity in the police, she said: “We have 1,260 police officers assigned to our borough command unit of which 453 are female.”

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