It’s recently been announced that the new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, and the first female to take on the job, Cressida Dick, has voluntarily taken a £40,000 pay cut to the expected salary for the role.
In a statement from the London Mayor, it was revealed that Cressida was offered the same salary as her predecessor Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, which is £270,648 plus benefits. But instead, she’s confirmed her salary to be £230,000.
She also won’t be receiving a police pension, which is famously a popular benefit of the profession, as part of the new package. But why has she taken a voluntary pay cut? Well, the reason for the decision hasn’t been disclosed, with mayor Sadiq Khan simply stating the move was a ‘personal choice’.
However, the statement admits that Cressida is taking the role on “when budgets continue to be tightened, London’s population is booming, some crimes are rising and following the recent horrific terrorist attack in Westminster.” As such, it’s been speculated that she may have done so in order to divert money elsewhere within the Metropolitan police force.
Sam Smethers, Chief Exec of women’s rights organisation The Fawcett Society, has admitted she’s skeptical about the news, saying “I wonder how many in-coming (male) Met Police Commissioners have taken a pay cut in the past?”
“Let’s hope it’s not an indication of them valuing her less because she is a woman. But given that we see that happening everywhere else, it’s a fair question to ask.”
The new commissioner made history when she took on the role, as the first woman ever be offered the job in the forces 188-year history.
(Cressida Dick and the London Mayor Sadiq Khan)
Although she hasn’t officially started the job yet, Cressida has so far been commended for her reaction to the Westminster attack which occurred on 22nd March, as it’s been revealed that she has paid regular visits to Scotland Yard following the event, when she was scheduled to be on holiday.
A source told the London Evening Standard, “It was all hands to the pump. She has been low key but her input has been very impressive, she has been very calm.”
Cressida officially takes up her post on Monday 10th April, and her first official engagement as the Commission of the Metropolitan Police will be to attend the funeral of PC Keith Palmer, who was killed on Westminster bridge. It will take place at Southwark Cathedral on that Monday.
The London Mayor also praised Cressida in a statement, “Our Metropolitan police do an incredible job, working hard with enormous dedication every single day to keep Londoners safe, so it is vital that they have the best possible leader and I know we have found her in Cressida Dick.
“Cressida has already had a long and distinguished career, and brings enormous experience and expertise to lead the Met through some challenging times.
“I am very much looking forward to working with her to keep our capital safe and protected.”