LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM (October 17, 2019) — The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University was honored to present the second In The Arena Award to London’s courageous first responders during the Institute’s annual London dinner on Monday evening. Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Dame Cressida Dick DBE QPM accepted the award from the Institute’s Chair of the Board Mrs. Cindy McCain on the first responders’ behalf.

This year’s In The Arena Award recognizes the brave men and women who have demonstrated an extraordinary capacity to act on the frontlines to keep the United Kingdom safe. During and in the wake of attacks – including on the London Underground in 2005, at the Palace of Westminster, Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Finsbury Park – first responders have assisted, comforted and saved countless members of the public.

“London’s first responders have taught the world what it means to be brave in the face of fear and to serve a cause greater than oneself. We’re tremendously honored to present Dame Cressida Dick with the McCain Institute’s In The Arena Award on their behalf,” said Mrs. McCain.

“In today’s world of transnational terror and crime, first responders like the ones in London are on the front lines of public safety,” said McCain Institute Acting Executive Director and Senior Director of National Security & Counterterrorism Nicholas Rasmussen. “We owe the first responders a debt of gratitude and are honored to present Dame Cressida with this award on their behalf tonight.”

Upon receiving the 2019 In The Arena Award, Dame Cressida said of the first responders, “Their compassion brought great comfort to victims, their tenacity meant the highest quality evidence and information was put before the inquests and courts.” She also added “I am immensely proud of all them all, they are very deserving of this award.”

The focus of the London dinner was to support the work of the Institute’s National Security & Counterterrorism program, which launched last year. The dinner featured a discussion between MI5 Director General Sir Andrew Parker KCB and Dame Cressida, moderated by Mr. Rasmussen. General Sir Adrian Bradshaw KCB OBE, Governor of Royal Hospital Chelsea and Sir Malcolm Rifkind KCMG QC, former chairman of U.K. Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee also made remarks.  The Institute’s two U.K.-based National Security and Counterterrorism Fellows also attended.

This year’s presentation of the In The Arena Award follows last year’s inaugural presentation, which recognized the Right Honourable Theresa May for her leadership as home secretary in putting the United Kingdom at the forefront of global efforts to combat modern slavery.


About the McCain Institute’s In The Arena Award

The In The Arena award is not for the critic, but for the doer of deeds.  Senator John McCain proudly modeled and espoused the philosophy set forth in Teddy Roosevelt’s famous 1910 speech praising those who have the courage and determination to get “in the arena” and fight for a cause, rather that critiquing from the sidelines.  This award is given to salute extraordinary, character-driven leaders who conspicuously and bravely fight to defend human rights, foster security and advance freedom.