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Howard League AGM and Public Meeting
Date: 8 Nov 2017
Location: The King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0AN
Book your place : Free (donations welcome)
The Howard League’s AGM and Public Meeting will be held on 8 November 2017 at the King’s Fund, London.
Cressida Dick CBE QPM,
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police
5.30–6.30pm Public meeting (guest speaker)
6.30–7.30pm AGM (members only)
Cressida Dick grew up in Oxford and attended the city’s University as an undergraduate at Balliol College.
After graduating in 1982 she worked briefly in an accountancy firm before joining the Metropolitan Police in 1983. “Constable Dick’s” first beat was in the heart of London, operating from West End Central police station. After that in uniformed operational roles in South West and South East London.
Chief Inspector Dick worked as a trainer on the accelerated promotion course at Bramshill Police Staff College from 1993 until 1995 when she joined Thames Valley Police as a Superintendent, where she oversaw policing in her home city of Oxford.
In 2001 she took a career break and was awarded a M.Phil in Criminology from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and then returned to the Met as a Commander.
Commander Dick undertook a number of roles across the MPS including heading up the Met’s Diversity Unit, followed by Operation Trident which had been formed to tackle an increase in gang violence.
She was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Security and Protection in 2006, before becoming the Assistant Commissioner for the Specialist Crime Directorate in 2009. In this role she was responsible for tackling all serious crime in London. In 2010 she was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.
In 2011 Cressida Dick became the Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations responsible for countering terrorism and extremism as well as specialist units including royal, diplomatic, and government protection.
She led the national security operations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympic Games and the investigative response to the murder of Lee Rigby.
Cressida Dick was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and retired from the Met Police in 2015. She joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Director General – a role she had been performing whilst on secondment from the Met since 2014.
In February 2017 her selection as Commissioner was announced by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and on the morning of 10th March 2017 she was re-attested as a police officer before taking up her new responsibilities.