Foreign Office DG Cressida Dick to head up Metropolitan Police

Written by Jim Dunton on 23 February 2017 in News

Cressida Dick set to leave Foreign Office director general role to return to policing

Cressida Dick with Home Secretary Amber Rudd and London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Home secretary Amber Rudd has confirmed Cressida Dick as the new Metropolitan Police commissioner – the nation’s most senior policing role.

Dick will be responsible for the Met’s 43,000 officers and a budget of £3bn when she takes over from Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

She will also be the first female commissioner of the Met in its 187-year history.

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Dick has worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in a security-related director general role since 2015, but the bulk of her career has been in policing.

She joined the Met in 1983 and was a superintendent at Thames Valley Police before returning to London as a Met commander in 2001. 

Dick led the national security operations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic Games, and had risen to the rank of deputy commissioner by the time she left the force to join the FCO.

Announcing her appointment as Met commissioner, Rudd said Dick was an “exceptional leader” and had a clear vision for the future of the force.

“I am delighted Her Majesty has agreed my recommendation after a rigorous recruitment process which highlighted the quality of senior policing in this country,” she said.

The Home Office said six people had applied for the Met commissioner role and that four candidates had been shortlisted.

It said that the shortlisted candidates met with London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Deputy Mayor for Policing Sophie Linden before selection-panel interviews that were chaired by Home Office perm sec Mark Sedwill.

Final interviews took place on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

An FCO spokeswoman said a replacement for Dick would be sought "in due course".

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Submitted on 27 February, 2017 - 12:36
I think that picture speaks volumes: 2 females in senior roles and an Asian Lord Mayor for London. It shows how far this country has developed when it comes to diversity and equality. I`m not naïve enough to think that discrimination has disappeared and yes, there is still a lot more to do, but when I look at how far behind some countries still are on these issues in 2017 and with what is happening in Trump`s America it makes me appreciate living in Britain. No organization can hope to truly develop if it chooses people for jobs based on gender and ethnicity rather than capability and skill. I think it`s the one area of which the Public Sector can be proud.

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