The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick is set to be handed a two-year extension to her contract, according to reports.
Home Secretary Priti Patel is preparing to offer Britain’s top police officer an extra two years in the job which will see her keep her post until 2024, according to the Evening Standard.
Dame Cressida could still walk away, but London Mayor Sadiq Khan is reportedly among those pushing for her to stay on.
If a deal is reached, it would be twice the length of extension given to her predecessor Lord Hogan-Howe.
Her appointment in 2017 was seen as progressive, making her both the first female and openly homosexual head of Scotland Yard.
Most recently, her handling of the Sarah Everard vigil was widely criticised, and it was played out with the backdrop of the fact the marketing executive was murdered by a serving Met Police officer after a string of errors by Scotland Yard.
With lockdown over, teenage stabbings and killing continue to rise, and London’s murder rate has reached record highs under Dame Cressida’s watch.
The Met’s handling of the Black Lives Matter protests last summer have also been heavily criticised.
Her critics have also questioned the use of stop and search and the force’s role in enabling fantasist Carl Beech – who invented a non-existent VIP child sex abuse ring in Westminster – pulled the wool over Scotland Yard’s eyes.
Dame Cressida’s current contract expires in April.