Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick will focus on knife and gun crime in London

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Cressida Dick Becomes Metropolitan Police Commissioner
Cressida Dick is the Met Police's first female commissioner (Source: Getty)

Cressida Dick, the new Metropolitan Police commissioner, said her tenure as London's police chief will be marked by her campaign to stamp out knife and gun crime in the capital.

Dick, who previously trained as an accountant, was appointed as the Met's first female commissioner in February, replacing Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. She told the the Radio 4 Today programme this morning that she has "sometimes been a pioneer", but added that any commissioner would be different in some way.

Her first day on the job saw the new commissioner attend the funeral of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed during the Westminster attack.

She said that while some changes will need to be made in the wake of the Westminster terror attack, Londoners still value their freedom. However, Dick added that public events are likely to be more heavily policed in future.

Knife crime figures "worry" Dick, she said, and she will "bear down" on both knife and gun crime. "If it is the case that knife crime and gun crime is increasing, that is of huge concern to me," she told the BBC, adding that her approach to tackling this will "mark out (her) commissionership".

If controversial stop and search powers are used more in the course of dealing with gun and knife crime, Dick said she would support her officers in doing so.

The Met will become more digital in future, she said. The use of body worn video is one of the ways in which this will happen: "The public like it, the cops love it."

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