First Female Police Chief in London

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Cressida Dick, 56, is the first female commissioner in the London police force’s 188-year history and began leading the organisation of 43,000 officers and staff in April this year. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dick has posed in her uniform for the glossy magazine as part of a feature that celebrates women at the top of their game.

Dick, is an experienced counter-terrorism officer. She had a turbulent start to her new role with London’s emergency services having to cope with a devastating fire which engulfed the Grenfell tower block in central London. Dick told that “There is something about putting the uniform on. You’ve got a role to play, to be calm, to lead other people, to go forward when everyone else is running away. It gives you a sense of, not of courage but, ‘It’s my job.

She joined the London force, known as Scotland Yard, in 1983 as a constable and made her way up the ranks to become Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer. She was also a national director for security during the 2012 London Olympic Games. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s 2015 New Year Honour’s List.

She said the Grenfell fire and recent fatal attacks in Westminster and by London Bridge had meant long working hours but the police force’s morale has stayed high. She said that “It’s brought the public supporting the police, even more than before. You can’t walk down the road without people coming up to you and shaking your hand and saying thank you for what you’re doing. All the staff say the same.”

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