Britain Names First Woman Head of Scotland Yard

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Senior officer Cressida Dick will be the next commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police — the first woman to lead Scotland Yard in its 188-year history, reports the Associated Press. Dick, a former assistant commissioner of the force, succeeds Bernard Hogan-Howe, who is stepping down next week. The Home Office announced the appointment of 56-year-old Dick today.

Dick is highly regarded by many Scotland Yard peers, but she has drawn criticism for commanding an operation after London bombings in July 2005 in which an innocent Brazilian man, Jean Charles de Menezes, was shot dead by police after being mistaken for a suicide bomber. A jury cleared Dick of blame, but de Menezes’ relatives had called for her not to be given the top job.

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