The apppointment of a Cressida Dick, a real-life celebrity detective as head of London’s police force, gave me a chance to compare her achievements with that of my fictional character Wendy Lockinge
Wendy Lockinge stars in the 2016 campus thriller Chronicles of Leadership. (see blurb details above). If you have not yet bought or obtained a copy by other means, do so immediately.
First, a spoiler alert about this post to the heavy-breathing brigade. There is nothing of an offensive or sexually explicit nature here. I couldn’t resist that headline, although I will now have to spend some time deleting messages from trolls who may have expected something rather different in this post.
In my story as well as that of Cressida Dick, a highly capable woman overcomes prejudice to reach the top of her profession. Female leaders remain in the minority in many walks of life. An exception is in the police, where opportunities are given for the brightest to reach the top.
Both Wendy and Cressida take the fast-track graduate recruitment pathway, starting out as the lowest rank uniform copper on the beat. Both take higher degrees in a branch of forensic science. Both have contacts with individuals in our security services.
In my dreams, I see them in film versions portrayed by one of our leading actresses whose name I will not reveal. There may be an agent out there already working to secure the part of Wendy for someone else.
Maybe in a future work of fiction, Wendy Lockinge will re-enter the police, and work with Cressida Dick to secure our Country and protext the world from the threats coming from desperate Remainers attempting to kidnap a member of the royal family, blow up Parliament, and install Angela Merkel as Empress of the newly United States of Europe.
Cressida Dick is the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, the first woman to take charge of London’s police force. Ms Dick, previously the national policing lead on counter-terrorism, said she was “thrilled and humbled”. But her appointment was criticised by the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was wrongly shot dead during an operation she led.
The Brazilian electrician was killed two weeks after 7 July 2005 London Bombings when he was mistakenly identified as a terror suspect. A jury later found the Met had broken health and safety laws, but found there was “no personal culpability for Commander Cressida Dick”.
Ms Dick, 56, left the Met for the Foreign Office after 31 years of service in December 2014. She was chosen for the commissioner’s job ahead of National Police Chiefs’ Council chairwoman Sara Thornton, Essex Police chief constable Stephen Kavanagh and Scotland Yard’s Mark Rowley.
Her statement said: “This is a great responsibility and an amazing opportunity. “I’m looking forward immensely to protecting and serving the people of London and working again with the fabulous women and men of the Met.”
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Ms Dick was “an exceptional leader with a clear vision and an understanding of the diverse range of communities [The Met]serves”.
BBC website, 22 February, 2017: Cressida Dick appointed as first female Met Police chief
I am now writing to a few friends with a background in policing to whom I sent a copy of The Chronicles of Leadership, repeating that Wendy is a creature of my imagination, and that any connection with any real-life individual is purely coincidental.