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Cressida Dick: Scotland Yard's First Woman Commissioner

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Newly appointed Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick poses for a photo at New Scotland Yard after she became the first woman to hold the most senior post in British policing on Feb. 22, 2017, in London, England. (Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 24 Feb 2017 08:46 AM

Cressida Dick was named as Scotland Yard's first woman commissioner ever to lead the 43,000 officers and staff.

Dick will replace Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe as the Metropolitan Police commissioner, the Independent reported. Home secretary Amber Rudd consulted with London mayor Sadiq Khan before making the announcement, stated The Independent.

Dick, 56, previously the national policing lead on counter-terrorism, beat out the National Police Chiefs' Council chairwoman Sara Thornton, Essex Police chief constable Stephen Kavanagh, and Scotland Yard's Mark Rowley for the job, according to the BBC News.

Dick left Scotland Yard in December 2014 after 31 years to work at U.K.'s Foreign Office, the BBC News said.

"She now takes on one of the most demanding, high-profile and important jobs in U.K. policing, against the backdrop of a heightened terror alert and evolving threats from fraud and cybercrime," Rudd said, according to The Guardian.

"The challenges ahead include protecting the most vulnerable, including victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. Cressida's skills and insight will ensure the Metropolitan police adapt to the changing patterns of crime in the 21st century and continue to keep communities safe across London and the U.K.," Rudd continued.

British Prime Minister Theresa May lauded Dick, saying she had the "the exceptional qualities needed to meet the challenge of leading the Met," The Guardian reported.

"(Dick) will be crucial in shaping the Met as the job of police reform continues, coordinating the national response to the ongoing threat of terrorism and serious criminality as well as keeping Londoners safe. In addition, she will be a champion of the most vulnerable who the police are there to protect," May added.

Her appointment does not come without some controversy. The family of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was wrongly shot dead during an operation Dick led in 2005, criticized her appointment, the BBC News reported.

Menezes, a Brazilian electrician, was killed two weeks after the July 7, 2005, London Bombings when he was mistakenly identified as a terror suspect. A jury found that Dick had no personal culpability but Metropolitan Police were found to have broken health and safety rules.

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