is right in that if you want to take control of a nation as a dictator,
you must disarm the ordinary citizen and put the fear of god up him,
lest he complain about injustice. It is alleged that this is precisely
what is happening in the United Kingdom, with legal aid cuts, no right
of appeal and immunity form prosecution for police and council planning
Dame Cressida Rose Dick DBE QPM (born 16 October 1960) is a British senior police officer who in 2017 was appointed Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London.
Cressida Dick is the first woman to take charge of the service, being selected for the role in February 2017 and taking office on 10 April 2017.
Dick served as acting Deputy Commissioner in the interim between Deputy Commissioner Tim Godwin’s retirement and his permanent successor, Craig Mackey, taking office at the end of January 2012.
Before 2005, Dick attracted little media attention, but became well known as having been the officer in command of the operation which led to the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. She was cleared of personal blame in a 2007 criminal
trial. In June 2009, she was promoted to the rank of assistant commissioner, the first woman to hold this rank substantively.
On 22 February 2017, the Home Office and the MPS jointly announced that she would be appointed as the next Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis by
II, on the formal recommendation of Home Secretary Amber
Rudd. She is the first woman to hold this appointment.
On 22 February 2017, the Home Office and the MPS jointly announced that Dick would be appointed as the next Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police by the
Queen, on the recommendation of the Home Secretary Amber Rudd. She assumed office on 10 April 2017; her first official engagement was that afternoon being at the funeral of PC Keith Palmer, the officer killed in the 2017 Westminster attack.
Dick is negotiating with the government in an effort to increase funding for the MPS. She said to LBC, "[Terrorism] is a shifting threat, not a spike, that puts a strain not just on counter-terror police but neighbourhood officers. This is not sustainable for my police service." Dick fears the MPS will need to find £400 million per year savings in addition to the £600 million annual savings they have already found. She fears this will make fighting crime harder. Dick said, "I find it incredible to think that anybody would think that over the next four or five years we should lose that much extra out of our budget."
In June 2017 Dick faced criticism for praising the "diversity" of the victims of the Islamic terror attack on London Bridge that killed eight people. Dick claimed that the nationalities of those killed told a proud story of the city’s diversity, noting that "among those who died is someone who’s British, there are French, Australian, Canadian, Spanish".
Dick said she is sure cuts to police funding in London is one factor among others in rising violent crime in there. The Guardian reported in May 2018 that the number of police officers fell below 35,000 for the first time in 15 years. Dick responded, "I'm hoping that we will get to well over 30,500 officers, more than 500 more than we currently have, by the end of next year ." Dick also partly blamed social media for growing violent crime. Dick said, "We are seeing the glamorisation of violence, we are seeing social media being used to taunt other gangs, to bring violence about very quickly." Dick said:
Dick is concerned about the effect of a no deal Brexit. She fears this would be costly and would put the public at risk, commenting “We will have to replace some of the things we currently use in terms of access to databases, the way in which we can quickly extradite and arrest people … [We will] have to replace them as effectively as we can, but it will be more costly, slower and potentially put [the] public at risk … There is no doubt about that. This is one of many things politicians deciding what to do need to be thinking about. (...) We would hope that we have as much as possible the instruments we currently have or something similar, as quickly as possible, to keep the public safe. The consequences of not having those things, and if there was [a] no-deal scenario, would be difficult in the short term.”
Dick's official portrait as Commissioner was unveiled in July 2019 as part of the commemorations to mark 100 years of women in the Metropolitan Police. The oil painting was paid for by Dick from out of her own salary to save public funds, and shows the commissioner in front of a map of London. She is portrayed in a police shirt rather than full tunic uniform, and sat for twenty hours in her own time for the artist Frances Bell. It will hang at the Hendon training centre alongside portraits of her 26 male predecessors. Portraits are usually unveiled after a Commissioner has stepped down, but Dick’s colleagues felt unveiling her portrait would be a fitting way to mark the centenary of the first woman joining the Met.
In 1983, Dick joined the Metropolitan Police as a constable. From 1993, she was a tutor on the accelerated promotion course at Bramshill Police College, and in 1995, transferred to Thames Valley Police as a superintendent. She was operations superintendent at Oxford, and later, area commander in Oxford for three years. In 1996/7 she passed the Matrix course at Common Purpose Oxfordshire. In 2000, she completed the strategic command course and, in 2001, she graduated as a Master of Philosophy in criminology from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, with the highest grade in her year.
In June 2001, she returned to the MPS as a commander, where she was head of the diversity directorate until 2003. She then became the head of Operation Trident, which investigates and targets gang related crime.
In the immediate aftermath of 21 July 2005 London bombings, she was the gold commander in the control room during the operation which led to the death of the Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, wrongly identified as a potential suicide bomber.
In September 2006, the Metropolitan Police Authority announced her promotion to the rank of deputy assistant commissioner, specialist operations. On 30 June 2009 the Metropolitan Police Authority announced her promotion to assistant commissioner, in charge of the Specialist Crime Directorate.
In July 2011, Dick was appointed assistant commissioner, specialist operations following the resignation of John Yates in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.
Dick was appointed acting deputy commissioner, and held the post between the retirement of Tim Godwin and the commencement of the new deputy commissioner Craig Mackey's term at the beginning of 2012. She held the rank until 23 January 2012.
In February 2013, she was assessed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4.
Dick was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for Distinguished Service in the 2010 New Year Honours.
It was announced in December 2014 that she would retire from the police in 2015 to join the Foreign Office, in an unspecified director-general level posting. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to policing. In September 2019, she was promoted Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in Theresa May's resignation honours.
JOHN HOATH ASKED THE MET FOR HELP
74 year old pensioner, who alleges being beaten up by Sussex police
during an arrest for breach of a bail condition, wrote to the
Metropolitan police in October 2019, according to the above letter from Sussex
police, asking for the Met to investigate the failure to prosecute
Winston Leachman for having firearms as a convicted criminal, without a
importance of such a revelation is that Mr Leachman gave evidence
against John Hoath in a
trial where he was accused of growing cannabis in Sussex in 2007. In
that trial, the Judge and Jury were not apprised of the fact that
Leachman was a convicted criminal. Nor were they privvy to the fact that
Sussex police had not prosecuted Mr Leachman, but that they had
prosecuted Mr Hoath for exactly the same offence. Hence, we have clear
evidence of bias, that the Court should have heard.
fresh evidence renders Mr Hoath's cannabis conviction unsafe. The sad
fact being that in England we do not have the right to an appeal. Nor do
we have an effective remedy, these being Article 6 and Article
13 violations, contrary to the European
Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, and of course
the equivalent contraventions in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights that the UK signed in 1948, after World
War 2, apparently, with no intention of abiding by the Declaration or
Convention that they helped to draft.
fact (allegedly) that Mr Hoath was beaten up by Sussex police, tends to
suggest that he is onto something that the police are ashamed of. It is
not clear who ordered the beating, if there was a beating, but Katy
Bourne was represented by Gillian Jones - and Sussex police have a new
Chief Constable, Jo Shiner, after Giles York resigned, we think as a
result of a death in custody matter.
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