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Dame Cressida Dick – first female commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

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The first female commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Dame Cressida Dick, has said she is “more determined” to lead her organisation, following criticism of the police’s handling of a vigil for Sarah Everard.

Dame Cressida holds the title of the UK’s most senior police officer, after more than 30 years in uniform.

Originally from Oxford Dame Cressida was educated at the city’s university, graduating from Balliol College.

She joined the Met in 1983, where she served as a constable, sergeant and inspector in central south-west and south-east London.

In 1995 she transferred to Thames Valley Police as superintendent operations at Oxford, and subsequently spent three years as area commander.

She took a career break to study for a Master’s degree in criminology at Cambridge University, before returning to the Met in June 2001.

Dame Cressida, who was the UK police lead for hostage negotiation, was appointed director of the force’s diversity directorate and head of the racial and violent crime taskforce before moving to the specialist crime directorate in 2003.

During her second stint at the Met she took on command roles in the police response to the 9/11 attacks and the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004.

She was thrust into the public eye in 2005 after she was in charge of the operation that led to the fatal shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes who was wrongly identified as a potential suicide bomber.

A jury later cleared Dame Cressida of any blame in his death.

Sarah Everard death / PA Wire

In February 2007 she was promoted to deputy assistant commissioner and was made the Met’s first female assistant commissioner in 2009.

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