Commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, was there to launch the force’s Violence Against Women and Girls campaign.

He spoke with female victims of crime and university students during the event yesterday.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Helen Millichap, who leads on tackling violence against women and girls in the Met, said: “We will be judged on our actions and not our words.

“The Met is working to make London safer for women and girls and we know our response needs to be shaped by those affected. This is how we will create confidence that we are a police service that women can trust.

“Our new plan is built around creating that trust and making our tactics more precise, more effective and better resourced.

“We are creating innovative tactics to better target those men who cause the most harm, to get results and ensure victims are at the very heart of our service.

“We have made some solid progress in recent months, increasing our charges for rape by 41% when compared with last year. But it’s not enough and we are committed to bringing even more perpetrators to justice before they can harm again.

“Our plan will deliver over 500 extra officers and staff dedicated to swiftly identifying offenders, supporting victims, and making women and girls safer.

“We can’t do this alone and that is why we are working closely with local authorities, our communities, victims and many charities like the Suzy Lamplugh Trust.”