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Most Senior LGBTQIA Police Chief Retires

14/04/2022

The television and radio news network GB News reported on Sunday afternoon on the upcoming retirement of Dame Cressida Dick, the first woman and the first member of the LGBTQIA community to lead the UK’s largest police service, the Metropolitan Police.  Dame Cressida came out as lesbian in 2017.  Wikipedia notes that she was the most high ranking police officer in the UK ever to come out.  Ms Dick has decided to step down from the role of Metropolitan Police Officer after losing the confidence and support of the Mayor Sadiq Khan over her response to allegations of misogyny and racism in the Met.  However, the discussion on the GB News Channel was sympathetic to the constraints of the Commissioner’s role, noting that Dame Cressida, who was criticised for not dismissing more rogue officers, did not actually have that power.  Presenter John Suchet suggested that the introduction of elected Mayors in many municipalities had undermined the traditional prerogatives of Police Chiefs to deal with problem officers.   

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