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Cressida Dick to receive Queen's Police Medal

Cressida Dick
Cressida Dick was cleared of blame over Mr de Menezes' killing

The country's most senior policewoman is to be honoured at Buckingham Palace.

Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick will receive the Queen's Police Medal from the Prince of Wales at an investiture ceremony later.

Ms Dick was the officer who oversaw the operation which led to the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.

As head of Scotland Yard's specialist crime unit, she earns £172,000 a year overseeing murder inquiries and tackling organised crime.

Ms Dick was the "gold commander" in charge of operations when Mr de Menezes was killed at Stockwell Tube station in south London.

The Brazilian electrician was shot seven times in the head on 22 July 2005 by police who believed he was the would-be suicide bomber Hussain Osman.

It was Ms Dick's responsibility to oversee the teams of surveillance and firearms officers on the ground and to sanction their actions.

She was cleared of blame by a jury at the end of the prosecution of the Metropolitan Police under health and safety laws in 2007.



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