LONDON: Police in Britain’s capital are desperately trying to regain the trust of women after revelations about how a serving officer used his position to abduct, rape and murder a young woman, taking the unprecedented step of advising women and girls how to protect themselves during interactions with police.
The Metropolitan Police Service issued the information Thursday night after evidence presented during the sentencing of Wayne Couzens showed that he used his police identification to stop 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard in south London, then handcuffed her, threw her in the back of a car and drove her to a remote location where he raped and strangled her.
Evidence that earlier offenses may have been overlooked further stoked outrage.
“The full horrific details of his crimes are deeply concerning and raise entirely legitimate questions,” the department said.
“We completely hear the legitimate concerns being raised and we know women are worried. All our officers are concerned about the impact of these horrific crimes on trust in the police and we want to do all we can to rebuild that trust.”