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

Emily Brown

Published 

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

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.

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.’

Memorial for Sarah Everard (Alamy)Alamy

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?’

Police officer (Alamy)Alamy

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.

If you have a story you want to tell, send it to UNILAD via [email protected]

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

Credits

Metropolitan Police
  1. Metropolitan Police

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

Emily Brown
More like this

Chosen for YouChosen for You

News

Shaquille O'Neal confirms he wants to have talks with Jeff Bezos to buy NBA franchise

4 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

McDonald's launching adult Happy Meals

2 days ago