The counter-terrorism expert is now heading Scotland Yard and is the first ever woman to do so in its 188-year-old history
Britain is experiencing the wind of change in Scotland Yard ever since the 56-year-old Cressida Dick has been selected as the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner. She has became the first woman to take charge of the London’s police force in its 188-year history. The Metropolitan Police or Met, as it is commonly known, is the largest police force in Britain.
Dick has taken over from Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who resigned from the post of Metropolitan Police commissioner last month. Dick, 56, was previously the UK’s national policing head on counter-terrorism but left the Metropolitan Police to join the Foreign Office. She emerged as the front runner after candidates who had applied for the post were interviewed by a panel, which included UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd and London’s Mayor
Dick said in a statement, “This is a great responsibility and an amazing opportunity. I’m looking forward immensely to protecting and serving the people of London and working again with the fabulous women and men of the Met.” The experienced counter-terrorism officer Cressida Dick is an Oxford University graduate. She becomes the senior-most officer in the country, heading a force of some 43,000 officers and staff and controlling a budget of more than 3 billion pounds. Highly respected and popular with ordinary officers, she started off at the Scotland Yard as a constable.
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