For the first time in the organization’s 188-year history, Metropolitan Police in England has named a woman to be its commissioner. Fifty-six-year-old Cressida Dick, who first joined the Met as a constable in 1983 and retired as assistant commissioner of the Met three years ago, has been chosen to take over the Met from Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who retired after five-and-a-half years in the top post. With Lynne Owens already serving as head of the National Crime Agency and Sara Thornton chairing the National Police Chief’s council, Dick’s appointment means that three of the British police system’s most senior individuals are now women.
Describing Dick’s appointment as “historic,” London mayor Sadiq Khan said that “her experience and ability” had raised her above the shoulders of her competitors.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd, meanwhile, praised Dick for her leadership and “understanding of the diverse range of communities” that the Metropolitan Police serves.
“She now takes on one of the most demanding, high-profile and important jobs in U.K. policing, against the backdrop of a heightened terror alert and evolving threats from fraud and cybercrime,” said Rudd. “The challenges ahead include protecting the most vulnerable, including victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.”
Despite Dick’s largely impressive record, including a stint as head of the Metropolitan Police’s anti-terror unit, the new commissioner is also known for leading an operation in 2005 that led to the shooting and death of an innocent man, Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, at Stockwell Underground.
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