Following a crisis in the leadership of the UK’s largest police force, Bernard Hogan-Howe has now been appointed as the head of the London Metropolitan Police Force. The UK Home Secretary, Theresa May, and the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, both interviewed the top candidates.
Born in Sheffield, Commissioner Hogan-Howe started his career with the South Yorkshire police in 1979, moving on to work in Merseyside, the Met Police and as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary for Counter Terrorism and Serious and Organised Crime. He became Deputy Commissioner after the resignation of Sir Paul Stephenson and AC John Yates in July 2011.
The UK’s top policeman has an MA in Law from Oxford, a diploma in applied criminology from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the University of Sheffield.
Upon his appointment, the new commissioner said:
“Thank you to the Home Secretary, the Mayor and the Metropolitan Police Authority for the honour of appointing me as the next Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
“I would like to pay tribute to the work done by my predecessor Sir Paul Stephenson and I look forward to building on this in the future.
“I would also like to acknowledge the calibre of the other candidates for this position – in particular Tim Godwin who has done such outstanding work as the Acting Commissioner during some very testing times for the Met.
“It is clear to me that the men and women who work for the Metropolitan Police are dedicated and professional, and work for a service that London can be proud of. ”
“It is my intention to build on public trust in the MPS and lead a service that criminals will fear and staff will be proud to work for.”
The former head of the Met Police, Sir Paul Stephenson, and his assistant, AC John Yates, both resigned under political pressure following revelations that the News of the World phone hacking scandal had thrown up conflicts of interest – not only within the police, but also in cabinet.
The leadership battle between the police and the government took place against the backdrop of the London riots and informed the debate on the “politicisation of the police”, which might take place if plans to elect local police commissioners goes ahead.