Senior officer Cressida Dick has become the first woman to head Scotland Yard, Britain’s biggest police force. On Wednesday, she took in-charge of the force as the new commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police and wrote a new chapter in its history.
Scotland Yard has been strictly male-dominated for the past 188 years. Three years ago, when Dick had quit the force as an assistant commissioner, she was eager to see a woman leader guiding Britain’s biggest police force one day. She became an advocate for women with the hope that London would remember women’s contribution to its welfare for years to come. With her new appointment, Dick has broken the proverbial glass-ceiling.
“I am thrilled and humbled. 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. Thank you so much to everyone who has taught me and supported me along the way.” – Cressida Dick
Dick is taking over from Bernard Hogan-Howe, who is retiring next week. She will lead the Met team, which is Britain’s biggest and oldest police force, and comprises over 43,000 officers and staff.
A graduate from Oxford and Cambridge, Dick, earlier led the anti-terror operation during the 7/7 London Bombings which caused the death of an innocent man who was shot on a Tube train in 2005. The incident made global headlines and led to much criticism. She was head of counterterrorism at Scotland Yard from 2011 to 2014, held security operation for the London Olympics in 2012.
While Bernard is stepping down from the position, the 56-year-old Dick was announced as the security chief at the Foreign Office by the Queen. She will handle all three top policing jobs in the UK: the Met commissioner, the head of the National Crime Agency and the president of the National Police Chief’s Council.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said in Dick’s honour, “She has a clear vision for the future of the Metropolitan Police and an understanding of the diverse range of communities it serves,” Hindustan Times reported.
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