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Following the sentencing of the former MET police officer Wayne Couzens, who murdered Sarah Everard, the Police and Crime Commissioner issues the following statement:

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster, said: “Wayne Couzens exploited his position as a police officer to commit an abhorrent and brutal crime.

“He will now, quite rightly, spend the rest of his life behind bars. My thoughts are with Sarah Everards family and friends.

 “It is absolutely essential that the public have trust and confidence in policing. Each force will be looking closely at what action needs to be taken to ensure that public safety is always paramount.   

“Combating violence against women must be a top priority for policing, our criminal justice system, local authorities, health and education. We also need to challenge and change the attitudes of men who perpetrate violence against women.   

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