Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick guesses being “a bit different” has encouraged others who “feel different” to join the force.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Ms Dick, Britain’s most senior police officer, said being female and openly gays met unlikely drafts think they extremely could “have a go” at policing.
But she said her virility was “one of the least little thing about me”.
She also said female police officers should make up half the force.
She said: “The fact that I am seen as a little bit different in some respects, I realise, on some motives, manufactures young people reckon ‘I could have a go’ or ‘I might try; I feel different but I might try’.”