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Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick to leave Met Police

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One of Britain's most high-ranking female police officers is to leave the service after more than 30 years.

Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, who in 2009 became the Met Police's first woman to achieve this rank, will join the Foreign Office next year.

Ms Dick joined the Met in 1983 and held a number of high-profile positions including leading specialist operations from July 2011 until this summer.

The 54-year-old said she felt "very lucky" and would miss her colleagues.

Ms Dick said: "I have loved my time as a police officer in London. It has been a wonderful privilege to work in such an extraordinary organisation and with such fabulous people.

The assistant commissioner, who is also president of the British Association of Women Police, will leave the Met on 19 January.

'Role model'

The assistant commissioner was national lead for police counter terrorism for three years, including during the Olympics, and took on command roles in the Met's response to 9/11 attacks, the Tsunami and after the 2005 bombings.

She has led many of the force's highest profile and most complex crime investigations, including phone hacking, parliamentary expenses and Official Secrets Act inquiries.

Ms Dick first came to national prominence in July 2005 when she was in charge of the operation that led to the fatal shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes.

He was wrongly identified as an attempted suicide bomber and an inquest returned an open verdict, rejecting the police account he was killed lawfully.

However, a separate trial ruled Ms Dick, who led the operation, bore "no personal culpability".

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "Cressida Dick has been a fantastic leader in the Metropolitan Police and takes on some of the most difficult roles in policing.

"She is a role model for women across the service. We wish her well for the future."

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