Cressida Dick promoted to be Met’s top woman

From: Andrew Johnson

Date: 2011-07-19 15:19:17

Attachments :…   Cressida Dick promoted to be Met’s top woman Cressida Dick, the police chief in charge of the operation that led to the death of Jean Charles de Menezes, has been promoted to become Scotland Yard’s highest ever ranking woman officer. Cressida Dick has been promoted to become Scotland Yard’s highest ever ranking woman office  By Richard Edwards, Crime Correspondent 7:00AM BST 01 Jul 2009 The 48-year-old has been appointed assistant commissioner – her second promotion since the shooting of the innocent Brazilian four years ago – and is now one of the most senior officers at the Metropolitan police. Her new job, equivalent in rank to a provincial chief constable, carries a salary of £180,000 and covers the Met’s murder and rape commands, as well as the complex political investigations. She will immediately inherit the inquiry into MPs expenses after disclosures by The Daily Telegraph, as detectives continue to consider criminal investigations into a small number of people. Since Mr de Menezes was shot seven times in the head in 2005 having been mistaken for a suicide bomber, Miss Dick has given evidence at an Old Bailey trial and the inquest last year. She came close to tears as she described the “horrible” and “terrible” tragedy. The control room she was in charge of at New Scotland Yard was said to be “very noisy and quite chaotic” by one witness. She denied that she gave an order that Mr de Menezes must be stopped from getting on to a train at Stockwell “at all costs” and also denied instructing the firearms teams to use lethal force to stop him. Sir Paul Stephenson, the Met Commissioner, said: “Cressida Dick is a first-class police officer who brings with her over 25 years of policing experience both in London and other parts of the country. “Cressida is known amongst colleagues for her leadership and professional resilience even in the most testing of circumstances.” But the move will anger relatives of Mr de Menezes, who believe that officers should have faced criminal charges over the shooting.

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