Cressida Dick

Thanksgiving service to mark 100 years of women in the Met

Met Police

Thousands of serving and retired police officers, police staff, their families and friends will gather at Westminster Abbey today for a special service of thanksgiving to mark 100 years of women police officers in the Met.

This event echoes the service of 100 years ago held at the Abbey to honour the fallen police officers of the First World War.

That service, on 17 May 1919, was the first occasion where female Met officers wore their uniforms in public.

One hundred years ago today, on 17 May 1919, Met Police women appeared in public for the first time at a special service at Westminster Abbey held to honour the losses of officers in the first world war. A century on, in 2019, I am delighted that Westminster Abbey will once again host a unique service and welcome on this occasion not just a handful, but thousands of Met police women, who will represent even more of their colleagues."

Cressida DickMet Commissioner

Yvonne Fletcher memorial restored for 35th Anniversary

Cressida Dick at the Yvonne Fletcher memorial
Metropolitan Police

A memorial to murdered police officer Yvonne Fletcher has been restored ahead of the 35th anniversary of her death.

Her memorial in St James's Square was among five vandalised in January.

As well as the Yvonne Fletcher Memorial the vandal targeted the Allies Statue of World War Two Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and US President Franklin D Roosevelt in New Bond Street.

Yvonne Fletcher memorial
Metropolitan Police
Yvonne Fletcher
Metropolitan Police

Ms Fletcher was shot from a window of the Libyan Embassy in London on April 17 1984, in what police describe as "an act of state sponsored terrorism", while monitoring a demonstration.

No one has been brought to justice for her murder or the vandalism.

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “I was a young officer in the Met 35 years ago when Yvonne was shot. That terrible event shook all of us who were in the Met at that time.

"Today we mark her death and remember the contribution she made as a valued colleague and as a police woman, dedicated to the public, and we think of her family.”