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Earlier this week Britain’s highest serving black, female police officer was announced as the new Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Crime and Operations for the Metropolitan Police.
Scottish-born Patricia Gallan, whose last role was Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations - Security and Protection, first joined the Met in 1987 when she was a uniformed officer in Stoke Newington, east London. Since then she has climbed through the ranks, receiving a wealth of training, to her current position.
Ms Gallan has worked in a variety of roles within the police force, including as a hostage negotiator, Detective Chief Superintendent, and Assistant Chief Constable at Merseyside Police.
In 2006 Gallan was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for her outstanding work.
Speaking about her new appointment, Ms Gallan said, "I am pleased and honoured to be appointed to this post and excited about the opportunity it presents to work with some of the best detectives in the country plus a diverse range of operational units, all of which contribute to making London a safer place to be."
Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe spoke of Ms Gallan's suitabilty for the role and praised her work ethos. Mr Hogan-Howe said: "I am delighted to welcome Patricia to her new post. Having worked with her for several years, I know her commitment, professionalism and wealth of experience will be a real asset to this role."
It is no secret that the Met Police – indeed, the police force nationally – has struggled with issues of gender and racial diversity, so Ms Gallan’s promotion to such a senior position offers promise in attempts to improve police diversity, particularly at the most senior levels.
Ms Gallan will begin her new role in a matter of weeks, taking over from Cressida Dick, and will be responsible for units including the firearms command, the Homicide and Major Crime Command and Trident, among others.