UK: Cressida Dick appointed first female Metropolitan police commissioner

| Updated: Feb 23, 2017 10:34 IST

London [UK], Feb. 23(ANI): Cressida Dick is all set to become the first ­female head of the Metropolitan police, completing a remarkable career comeback by vowing to reform Britain's largest police force. According to the Guardian, the former senior Scotland Yard officer - who had quit policing to take up a job in the foreign office - won the support of the home secretary, Amber Rudd, and the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, to take on the running of a police force that dates back to 1829. Dick, 56, stood outside New Scotland Yard to say it was "an extraordinary privilege" and that she was "very humbled" to be chosen for the post, which pays 2,70,000 euros a year. Her ascent to the top job is all the more remarkable because her career in policing had seemed over. She will replace Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, with whom there had been tensions which led to her moving from the role she loved as the Met's head of counter-terrorism and departing from the force. Dick also becomes first commissioner of the Met in the modern era to get the job despite never having led a police force previously. She had applied and failed to get the top job with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, eventually landing a role as a director general in the Foreign Office.(ANI)