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Vogue Has A New Icon: London's First Female Police Chief Cressida Dick

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| August 4 , 2017 , 15:08 IST

An upscale magazine that has become synonymous with fashion, Vogue has featured an unexpected icon in its latest edition; the 56-year-old Cressida Dick, the first female police chief of London.

In the 188-year history of the London police force, Dick became the first female Metropolitan Police Commissioner in April, leading the organisation of 43,000 officers.

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An experienced counter-terrorism officer, Dick's tenure as chief had a turbulent start as it began with the London emergency services having to cope with the devastating fire that had engulfed the Grenfell tower block in central London, killing around 80 people.

"There is something about putting the uniform on. You've got a role to play, to be calm, to lead other people, to go forward when everyone else is running away. It gives you a sense of, not of courage but, 'It's my job,'" Dick told Vogue.

Dick had joined the London force, popularly known as Scotland Yard, back in 1983 as a constable and rose through the ranks over the years to become Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer. She was also featured in the Queen's 2015 New Year Honour's List where she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

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Regarding the Grenfell fire and the fatal attacks in Westminster and by the London Bridge, Dick said that the incidents meant long working hours but morale among the police force remained high.

"It's brought the public supporting the police, even more than before. You can't walk down the road without people coming up to you and shaking your hand and saying thank you for what you're doing. All the staff say the same," she said.

Although Vogue is famous for fashion and style, the magazine regularly features outstanding women who have made in impact in their respective fields.