The move was unveiled by the Metropolitan Police as part of a larger plan to tackle the issue of violence against women in London following the kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard.
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Police will be deployed outside nightclubs to reduce violence against women.
The move was unveiled by the Metropolitan Police as part of a larger plan to tackle the issue of violence against women in London.
Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick previously announced that undercover officers would video call a uniformed sergeant to prove their identity if they ever had to arrest a single woman.
The move comes after Sarah Everard was arrested by Met officer Wayne Couzens in Clapham, who made a false arrest claiming she was breaking Covid lockdown rules.
Monster Couzens then raped and killed Sarah after driving her through a Kent forest.
The force has been criticized after entering to give advice to women who feel threatened, including hailing a bus for help or entering someone’s home.
In a published plan, the Met said police activity would be stepped up “to prevent nighttime violence.”
He explained, “This activity includes the Met trialling Project Vigilant, an operation originally developed by the Thames Valley Police to tackle predatory crimes around the nighttime economy.
“It is flown from London to Lambeth and Southwark, where teams of colleagues in civilian clothes and in uniform are deployed together to identify and prevent predation offenses around busy nightlife spots.
“Officers continue to work with Safer Sounds and licensing sites, delivering the updated Ask for Angela safety campaign and providing vulnerability training to bar and club staff.”
Dame Cressida said, “This plan details how we will do more and better to keep women and girls safe.
“It brings together all of our work to prevent male violence against women and girls, in public spaces as well as in homes and online; to target perpetrators, and with the broader criminal justice service, to improve outcomes for victims.
“We will increase officer skills and maximize the impact of key units such as our predatory offender units, downtown teams and other specialist units, and further improve digital investigations, intelligence, and case quality. . “
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Scotland Yard has ended its policy of allowing plainclothes officers to patrol alone after Couzens used his position to organize the arrest of Sarah Everard on March 3.
Couzens was sentenced to life imprisonment in September – the first for a single adult murder that was not committed during a terrorist attack.
An appeals court official confirmed that Couzens had appealed his conviction, saying: “An application (for leave to appeal the conviction) has been filed.”