The Met police have remained silent on his “bus down the wave” recommendation after facing public ridicule.
Following the assassination of Sarah Everard by Daniel Cousins, a former Met police officer, the force advised members of the public to “get off the bus” if they felt threatened or intimidated by a police officer. Which provokes them in public places..
But the guidance, which was published after Van Cousins was sentenced to life in prison, was not well received in the public domain.
The Met Police, which has not yet confirmed whether the guidance still reflects the force’s position, has now removed the “view down bus” recommendation from its website.
Members of the public who rejected the guidance said it was unworkable, nor did it address the issue itself, which is violence against women and girls.
Cousins, 48, a serving police officer at the time, used a real warrant card and police handcuffs to arrest Sarah Award.
Cousins abducted the 33-year-old, raped him and eventually killed him.
Following Cousins’ trial, Met Police introduced the concept of “bring the bus down” to help women verify the identity of an acclaimed police officer in the mufti.
The directive was initially issued through a press release and has since been published on the Met Police’s official website.
Recent checks, however, indicate that the recommendations have been significantly rewritten from what was previously presented.
When it first appeared, the suggestion was to “yell at a passerby, run into the house, knock on the door, just wave down or if you are in a position to call 999” as a last resort.
Guidance has now been reduced to just shouting at a passerby or calling 999.
Patsy Stevenson, who is suing the Matt police after being arrested in a vigilante honoring Sarah Award, punished the force for not holding her hands.
“It literally does the trick, they realize they’ve done something wrong and try to hide it and push it aside instead of admitting it.”
“It once again shows a lack of accountability. They need to expose these failures to the public when they occur and tell us how they will gain our trust, rather than ignore it and hope.” Let’s say it will go away.
Meeting with Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, in the context of public opposition to “bringing the bus down”, publicly defended the guidance.
“So I think it has been taken out of context,” the commissioner said.
“I think we all understand that a lonely woman approaches a man in plain clothes, reports of being a police officer, and my officers, my male officers, understand that perfectly.”
“It would be rare for a woman to meet a single, plain clothes officer. I can’t rule it out but it would be a rare event. The officer would be sensitive to the fact that the person may be worried.