God, I love these women! Their breeziness, compassion, humour and resilience are a tonic. Scattered among the collected memories are those of Cressida Dick: there she is arriving in 1983 with a copy of the Guardian to cries of “Oh my God look what we’ve got here!”, or dealing with a sex worker so familiar that she lets her fill in her own charge sheet. On one occasion at a police party to mark a marriage she was dragged towards the groom, who was naked and covered in grease, and ordered to dance with him. “I didn’t feel assaulted, affronted or anything. I thought ‘This is ridiculous.’” So she disentangled herself and carried on to become, thirty years later, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
Introduced and co-compiled by Jennifer Rees – who served for 30 years first as an officer and then as a forensic specialist – Voices from the Blue celebrates the 100th anniversary of women joining the Met though a series of short, sharp first-person accounts of all aspects of the job.... Despite the difficulties they faced, these women have extraordinary tales to tell. This book contains shocking accounts of domestic violence, rape, murder, child abuse and terrorism.