Cressida Dick

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Cressida Dick
QPM
Assistant Commissioner,
Specialist Operations
Incumbent
Assumed office
July 2011
Preceded by John Yates
Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
In office
November 2011 – 23 January 2012
Preceded by Tim Godwin
Succeeded by Craig Mackey
Personal details
Born 1960
Oxford, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Profession Chief police officer
Portfolio Specialist Operations
Website Profile

Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, QPM (born 1960) is a senior officer in the Metropolitan Police in London. Dick was once the most senior female police officer in Britain until she was joined by Assistant Commissioner Helen King in 2014 who joined from Cheshire Police.[1] Dick served as acting deputy commissioner in the interim between Deputy Commissioner Tim Godwin's retirement and his permanent successor, Craig Mackey, taking office at the end of January 2012.

Before 2005, Dick attracted little media attention, but became well known as having been the officer in command of the operation which led to the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. In June 2009, she was promoted to the rank of assistant commissioner, the first woman to hold this rank substantively. She holds the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service.[2]

Early life[edit]

Cressida Dick is the third and youngest child of Cecilia Dick (née Buxton), an Oxford historian, and Marcus William Dick,[3] Senior Tutor at Balliol College, Oxford[4] and Professor of Philosophy at the University of East Anglia.[5] She was born and raised in Oxford, England, and educated at the Dragon School (Oxford), Oxford High School, and Balliol College, Oxford. Before joining the police, she worked in a large accountancy firm.

Police career[edit]

In 1983, Dick joined the Metropolitan Police as a constable. In 1993, she joined the accelerated promotion course at Bramshill Police College, and in 1995, transferred to Thames Valley Police as a superintendent. She was operations superintendent at Oxford, and later, served as area commander in Oxford for three years. In 2000, she completed the strategic command course and, in 2001, she was awarded an M.Phil in criminology from the University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam College), graduating with the highest grade in her class.[6]

In June 2001, she returned to the Metropolitan Police as a commander, where she was head of the diversity directorate until 2003. She then became the head of Operation Trident, which investigates gun crimes within London's black community.

In the immediate aftermath of 21 July 2005 London bombings, she was the gold commander in the control room during the operation, which led to the death of the Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, wrongly identified as an attempted suicide bomber, on 22 July 2005.

In September 2006, the Metropolitan Police Authority announced her promotion to the rank of deputy assistant commissioner, specialist operations. On 30 June 2009 the Metropolitan Police Authority further announced her promotion to assistant commissioner, in charge of the Specialist Crime Directorate.[7] According to a BBC radio documentary, she is a supporter of the charity, Common Purpose UK, having attended a course in 1995/96 while serving in Thames Valley Police[8][9]

In July 2011, Dick was appointed assistant commissioner, specialist operations following the resignation of John Yates, who stepped down in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.[10]

Dick was appointed acting deputy commissioner, and held the post between the retirement of Tim Godwin and the commencement of the new deputy commissioner Craig Mackey's term at the beginning of 2012. She held the rank until 23 January 2012.[11]

In February 2013, she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.[12]

It was announced in December 2014 that she would retire from the police in 2015 to join the Foreign Office, in an unspecified director-general level posting.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sean O'Neill (10 March 2014). "Save our sons from jihad, Muslim parents beg police". The Times. London. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  2. ^ Justin Davenport, Crime Editor (1 July 2009). "Met officer who oversaw de Menezes operation given top job". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Person Page 19642". Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  4. ^ John Jones. "Balliol Archives – memorials". Archives.balliol.ox.ac.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  5. ^ The History of the University of East Anglia, Norwich – Michael Sanderson – Google Books. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  6. ^ ""Fitzwilliam Women's Dinner Guest of Honour", ''Optima (p. 16)'', 2002" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  7. ^ "Press release 47/09". MPA. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  8. ^ Alexander, Ruth (8 March 2009). "UK | A secret society?". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  9. ^ "Deputy Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick – a Freedom of Information request to Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)". WhatDoTheyKnow. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  10. ^ BST 19 July 2011 (19 July 2011). ""Phone Hacking: botched de Menezes operation officer now counter-terrorism head", ''Telegraph'', 2011/07/19". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  11. ^ "Acting Deputy Commissioner Cressida Dick", "Met.Police.UK", 2011/12/27[dead link]
  12. ^ BBC Radio 4, Woman's Hour Power list
  13. ^ "Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick to leave Met Police". BBC. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Peachey, Paul (2 December 2014). "Britain's top policewoman quits Scotland Yard for the Foreign Office". The 'i'. 

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Police appointments
Preceded by
John Yates
Metropolitan Police Service
Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Crime Directorate)

2009–2011
Succeeded by
Lynne Owens
Preceded by
John Yates
Metropolitan Police Service
Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations)

2011–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent