Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has given some insights into the life of the first female leader of the Metropolitan Police.

The 58-year-old opened for Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Disc to discuss a number of topics, including her regrets regarding her career and her private life.

Here are five things we learned from Ms. Dick's interview.

1. She can not smell cannabis

Ms. Dick – who claimed she would pack a bar of soap if she was to be cast on a deserted island – said the smell was "very important" to her.

However, in an ironic twist, she claimed that her sense of smell was not one of her strengths, adding that she simply "could not smell cannabis".

"My colleagues think it's funny," she admitted.

2. Jean Charles de Menezes blame

An incident in Mrs. Dick's career that clung to her was the deadly shoot-out of Jean Charles de Menezes, whom she described as a "terrible time" that she "often" thinks about.

She led the anti-terrorist operation that shot the Brazilian electrician weeks after the terrorist attack in the capital on the London Underground.

Ms. Dick was examined much more closely at this time, but later freed from any responsibility.

She said, "I wish, wish, wish, I wish it had not happened, of course, but if anything, it has made me a better leader, a better police officer, and more resilient."

Brazilian Electrician Jean Charles de Menezes (AFP / Getty)

3. Your sexuality

When I entered, there was probably one woman in the CID office and one in the Criminal Investigation Department, and only two of us in a team of about 40 or 50 people

Cressida Dick

Not only is Dick the first woman to lead Scotland Yard in her 190-year history, she is also the first openly gay commissioner for the Met.

She said, "The fact that I'm perceived a bit differently in some ways makes the young people sometimes think," I could try, "or" I could try, I feel different, but I could try. "

She says, however, that her sexuality is "one of the least interesting things" about her.

"Sometimes people say to me that they think it's important, but to be honest, I think it's one of the least interesting things about me.

"I love Helen – she is my partner. Next is going on. "

4. The demons of the father

Ms. Dick lost her father, the Oxford University teacher, Marcus Dick, when she was eleven, and suggested that World War II took his toll on him.

She said, "I remember that I loved him in pieces and admired him. He is really young. I suspect he had his demons. he was very charming. He smoked a lot and drank a lot.

Commissioner Cressida Dick said earlier this year that she considers the reduction of violent crime in the capital as one of her top priorities. Photo: PA
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick [Photo: PA]

"And the Second World War had influenced him a lot. He was a young man when this happened, and felt very strongly about what the world was and could be like in the future. "

Despite her impressive career in the Met, Ms. Dick said she was not sure what he would say about her chosen path.

She said, "Goodness knows what he thinks I'm a cop. And goodness knows what my life would have been like if he had lived. "

5. Future for women in the police

While Met's police celebrate 100 years of women, Ms. Dick says she hopes to increase the number of female police officers.

She said, "When I joined, there was probably one woman in the CID office and one in the Criminal Investigation Department, and only two of us in a team of about 40 or 50 people.

"In the long term, I want us to have 50/50 to have the best of the best."

Ms. Dick wants an even more comprehensive meeting with people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds as well as sexuality and gender.

Additional reporting by PA