Met's new commissioner returns to her roots at Hendon

By Dave Speck in Local People

The new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police today went back to where she started life as a constable more than 30 years ago.

Commissioner Cressida Dick, who began her new job as London’s most senior officer this week, was at the police training centre, on Aerodrome Road, Hendon, to attend a passing-out parade of 88 new recruits.

She said: “I was first a police constable over 30 years ago at Hendon, which I remember well for all the support and encouragement I received. These officers indeed, have a very promising future ahead."

She added: "The Metropolitan Police Service has a rich history and a global reputation for its high standards in serving the public, of which these officers will now become a part.”

The passing-out parade, which is a traditional ceremony marking the transition from trainee police officer to probationer, involves officers performing drills as instructed by their drill Sergeant.

The new officers were later inspected by the commissioner, who attended her own passing out ceremony at Hendon in 1983 when she started life as a probationary constable.

Today’s new recruits will now join their respective boroughs and begin their jobs in keeping the capital safe.

The Met’s passing-out parades have taken place at Hendon since 1934.

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