The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis Cressida Dick has spent 35 years in public service, the majority serving as a police officer. She has held senior leadership roles in each of the organisations she has worked for; the Metropolitan Police Service, Thames Valley Police, the National Police College and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
During the course of her career Cressida has overseen a wide variety of high-profile and complex policing investigations, spanning serious and organised crime, security, counter-terrorism and protection. In 2009 she became the first female to reach the rank of Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police.
In 2011 she took charge of Specialist Operations in the Metropolitan Police, a position which also holds the title of National Police Lead for Counter Terrorism. During this time she oversaw national counter-terrorism operations and other police matters of national security, including diplomatic and royalty protection. She led on security preparations for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. She had a leading role in the evolution of the counter terrorism police (CTP) network. In 2014 Cressida joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office senior leadership team.
In February 2017 Cressida was appointed Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, the first female commissioner in the Met’s history. She now leads the UK’s largest police service.
Cressida is former president of the British Association of Women Police and has a Master’s Degree in Criminology from Cambridge.