London's highest ranking police officer quietly comes out
|Cressida Dick is the first woman to be appointed Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
London’s highest ranking police officer revealed she is in a same-sex relationship.
In February the queen appointed Cressida Dick to become the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, London’s police force.
She is the first woman to hold the rank since it was created in 1829.
Now she has also become the first out LGBTI person to hold the rank.
In an interview with the Evening Standard, it was revealed Dick is in a same-sex relationship.
Her partner Helen is also a police officer.
She works in a ‘busy south London borough’ as a response team inspector, according to the Standard.
Dick was appointed to her new job by the Queen on the recommendation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Rudd and London Mayor Sadiq Khan were reportedly impressed by Dick’s vision for the Met, which focuses on openness and modernisation.
Despite having a distinguished career, Dick’s appointment was met with criticism.
On 22 July 2005, Metropolitan Police officers killed Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Underground Station.
He had wrongly been deemed to be one of the attackers involved in a series of attempted bomb attacks on 21 July.
During the manhunt for the attackers, police misidentified de Menezes as one of the suspected bombers and shot and killed him.
Dick was officer in command of that operation.
‘I have said many times that Jean Charles’s death was a terrible, terrible thing — something that everyone who was involved that day regrets and none of us can put ourselves in the shoes of a family,’ she told the Evening Standard.
‘I can completely respect their right to think what they think and to say what they say.’
She was cleared of blame by a jury in the health and safety criminal trial against the police force in 2007.
Dick holds the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service.
In the 2015 New Year Honours the Queen appointed Dick as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), the third-highest rank a person can hold below the two ranks of knighthood/damehood.
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