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Met Police Issue Advice For Women If They Don’t Trust A Male Officer

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The Metropolitan Police has issued advice for women who fear a police officer may not be genuine following revelations about the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard. 

During a two-day sentencing hearing for Wayne Couzens, it emerged the former Met officer abused his power as a member of the police department to falsely arrest Everard before her murder.

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The Met police published its guidance for members of the public in the wake of the revelation, titling the page, ‘Metropolitan Police: Our response to issues raised by the crimes of Wayne Couzens.’

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The Met stresses that it is ‘unusual for a single plain clothes police officer to engage with anyone in London’, but if it does happen, you should ‘expect to see other officers arrive shortly afterwards’.

In the event you find yourself alone with an officer, it is ‘entirely reasonable for you to seek further reassurance of that officer’s identity and intentions’ by asking questions such as ‘Where are your colleagues? Where have you come from? Why are you here? Exactly why are you stopping or talking to me?’

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Members of the public who are concerned about an officer are advised to ‘seek some independent verification of what they say’, for example by asking to hear or speak to the operator of the police radio if they are carrying one, and asking them to verify the officer in question is genuine.

Officers are said to ‘expect to be asked more questions’ given the disturbing revelations made in Couzens’ sentencing, but if you feel you are in ‘real and imminent danger and you do not believe the officer is who they say they are’, members of the public are advised to seek assistance by shouting to a passerby, running into a house, knocking on a door, waving down a bus or calling 999.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University and went on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming Senior Journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories and longer form features.

Topics: News, London, Metropolitan Police, Now, Sarah Everard, Wayne Couzens

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    Metropolitan Police: Our response to issues raised by the crimes of Wayne Couzens