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Scotland Yard appoints its first female police chief

By Hayden Smith

Cressida Dick has been named as the new head of Scotland Yard, becoming the first woman to hold the most senior post in British policing.

She will succeed Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe as Metropolitan Police commissioner.

In 2014, the 56-year-old was interviewed for the job of PSNI Chief Constable after Matt Baggott announced that he was quitting.

Ms Dick returns to policing after leaving for the Foreign Office two years ago.

She came under intense scrutiny in 2005 when she was in charge of the operation that led to the fatal shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, who was wrongly identified as a potential suicide bomber. A jury cleared Ms Dick of any blame in his death.

Three other senior figures were also contenders - Mark Rowley, an assistant commissioner at the Met; Sara Thornton, the chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council; and Stephen Kavanagh, the chief constable of Essex Police.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: "Cressida Dick is an exceptional leader, and has a clear vision for the future of the Metropolitan Police."

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