originally published: 30th June 2009
The police chief who oversaw the bungled operation which resulted in the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes was today made the third most powerful officer at Scotland Yard.
Cressida Dick, 48, severely criticised over her role in the death of the innocent Brazilian, was made an assistant commissioner. It is her second promotion since the 27-year-old electrician was mistakenly gunned down by anti-terror police at Stockwell tube station in south London four years ago.
Her new job, equivalent in rank to a provincial chief constable, carries a salary of £180,000 – double the amount Oxford-educated Miss Dick was earning as a Met commander when the tragedy happened.
Diversity campaigners welcomed her latest promotion as she will be the first woman to hold the rank of assistant commissioner on a permanent basis.
But it has angered relatives of Mr de Menezes, who believe she and other officers should have faced criminal charges over the shooting by officers who mistakenly thought he was a suicide bomber.