UK extends Cressida Dick's contract as London police chief

FILE PHOTO: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick leaves after a meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street in London, Britain August 12, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

London police chief Cressida Dick, who has faced criticism for her force's handing of major investigations and protests, will remain in her role as Britain's most senior officer, the British government said on Friday.

Dick's contract, which was due to end in April next year, has been extended for another two years, the Home Office (interior ministry) said.

"Her extension will provide continuity and stability as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic and recruit 20,000 additional police officers," Home Secretary Priti Patel said.

(Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by James Davey)

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