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Cressida Dick becomes Scotland Yard’s first female top cop

Ms. Dick is known as an experienced and widely respected figure among colleagues, though the shooting of a Brazilian electrician in a bungled counterterrorism operation remains a stain on her record.

Charlotte Ball/PA/AP

Senior counter-terrorism officer Cressida Dick was named chief of police in London on Wednesday, making her the first woman to head a 31,000-member force in what is often considered the top police job in Britain.

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