Cressida Dick named as first woman ever to head Scotland Yard

Cressida Dick has been named the new Metropolitan Police commissioner. She is the first woman to take the role, and succeeds Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. Ms Dick will move from her current post as a director general at the Foreign Office after Home Secretary Amber Rudd made the announcement, following consultation with London mayor Sadiq Khan. Founded in 1829, Scotland Yard, as the city’s Metropolitan Police Service is known, is the recipient of roughly a quarter of all police spending in England and Wales. (Scotland and Northern Ireland, the other two nations in the United Kingdom, have their own legal systems and police forces.) The daughter of Oxford academics and a graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge, Ms. Dick was head of counterterrorism at Scotland Yard from 2011 to 2014, overseeing among other things the security operation for the London Olympics in 2012. She left Scotland Yard in 2014 after 31 years to become general secretary at the foreign office. Despite her role coming under scrutiny, she retained the faith of senior officers resulting in her three-year leadership of national police counter-terrorism operations until she was put in charge of murder squads, gun teams and child abuse inquiries in a Scotland Yard reshuffle. She had responsibility for some of the most sensitive inquiries including phone hacking and the re-investigation of the Stephen Lawrence murder that ended in the conviction of two of the teenager’s killers, nearly 20 years after the first botched inquiry. Popular among the rank-and-file, Ms Dick unsuccessfully sought the top police job in Northern Ireland after her move from the anti-terror role. She then took the Foreign Office job.

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