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Police scheme to improve autism interaction

A scheme designed at improving how police interact with people with autism across London is to be introduced.

Those individuals can carry either a Autism Alert Card or a larger "passport" which will identify them as having an autism spectrum disorder.

It will include information regarding the individual’s name and contact details for an appropriate adult.

The Met said cardholders would produce the information when they come into contact with police and "provide officers and staff with the information in order to aid understanding and effective interaction".

The scheme, supported by the National Police Autism Association, is part of a collaboration between the Met, City of London Police and British Transport Police.

Portrait of Met Commissioner Cressida Dick unveiled

Portrait of Cressida Dick
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A portrait of Met Commissioner Cressida Dick has been unveiled to mark 100 years of women in the Metropolitan Police Service.

Ms Dick, who is the Met's first female commissioner, was painted by Frances Bell and the portrait hangs at the Met's Training School in Hendon alongside the paintings of 26 of her predecessors.

Painted in Frances Bell’s studio over more than 20-hours of sittings, the portrait depicts the Commissioner against the back-drop of a map of London - symbolising her long policing career in London and personal affinity with the Capital.

In contrast to other portraits Cressida sat wearing her shirt uniform and no tunic.

Ms Dick said: “The strength of feeling for the portrait surprised me, but I understand and appreciate that it is an important part of the 100 years celebrations, symbolises the nature of the current Met and maybe important in inspiring the next generation of Met people.

"I am very grateful to the artist, Frances Bell, who put me at great ease and made the whole process an interesting and surprisingly enjoyable one.”

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Report finds 'concerns' over Met Police technology

A report into the Met Police's use of facial recognition technology has found that four of every five people it identified were innocent.

Researchers from the University of Essex Human Rights observed six of 10 trials carried out by the force between 2016 and 2019.

During their work, the technology made 42 matches but only eight of those were found by the researchers to be correct.

The report's authors, Professor Peter Fussey and Dr Daragh Murray, have called for all live trials of LFR to be ceased over concerns that the use of the technology breaks human rights laws.

"The legal basis for the trials was unclear and is unlikely to satisfy the 'in accordance with the law' test established by human rights law," Dr Murray said.

But Duncan Ball, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, said the Met was "extremely disappointed with the negative and unbalanced tone" of the research and insisted the pilot had been successful.

"The Met's approach has developed throughout the pilot period, and the deployments have been successful in identifying wanted offenders," he said.