Who was the first British woman commander in the Metropolitan Police?

SHIRLEY BECKE 1917 – 2011

In 1941 Shirley Becke became a constable in the Metropolitan Police intending to serve for the duration of World War Two.

However at the end of the war she stayed on in the Met and rose through the ranks to become the first woman police officer to attain high office when she was appointed as a commander in 1969.

Towards the end of her career she was appointed to the Police Inspectorate and after retirement became vice-chair of the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS).

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