Bernard Hogan-Howe new Metropolitan Police commissioner


Bernard Hogan-Howe's appointment was welcomed by Theresa May and Boris Johnson

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Bernard Hogan-Howe has been named the new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

The former chief constable of Merseyside was appointed to the position this afternoon by the Queen.

He beat three others to the job after interviews with the home secretary and mayor of London.

Speaking briefly at Scotland Yard, the new commissioner said he wanted to lead a force that criminals fear and the public trust.

The post became vacant after Sir Paul Stephenson quit amid the phone-hacking scandal and claims about links between Scotland Yard and News International.

Mr Hogan-Howe will be in charge of more than 50,000 staff, including 32,000 officers. The force, the biggest in the UK, includes more than a fifth of all police in England and Wales.

The commissioner's job combines policing London and responsibility for national security issues such as combating terrorism.

Mr Hogan-Howe, who has served in the Metropolitan Police before, went on to lead Merseyside before becoming one of Her Majesty's chief inspectors of constabulary in 2009.

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He returned to Scotland Yard after Sir Paul's resignation to stand in as acting deputy commissioner while the post holder, Tim Godwin, stepped up to the top job.

His appointment as commissioner was formally made by the Queen on the recommendation of the Home Secretary Theresa May.

The candidates went through a series of interviews, including a final session with both Mrs May and London's Mayor Boris Johnson.

Mrs May said: "I am delighted to announce Bernard Hogan-Howe as the new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

"As you would expect for such a prestigious position, we had an exceptional field of candidates, but Bernard Hogan-Howe impressed us all with his vision for the Metropolitan Police, his commitment to cutting crime and the important work he has done for the public.

"I made my recommendation following representations from the Metropolitan Police Authority and discussions with the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson."

She went on: "The government's reforms are transforming the police in this country and Bernard Hogan-Howe has the skills and experience needed to ensure the nation's biggest force is at the forefront of this change.

"London is a great city and will next year host the biggest sporting event in this nation's history. I am confident he will lead the fight against crime with determination and vigour."

Tough competition

The other candidates were Sir Hugh Orde, former Chief Constable of Northern Ireland; Stephen House, the Chief Constable of Strathclyde; and Tim Godwin, the Acting Commissioner.

Bernard Hogan-Howe's career to date

Boris Johnson said that of all the candidates he believed that Mr Hogan-Howe provided a "firm, strategic lead".

"Londoners deserve strong and dynamic leadership at the helm of the country's largest and most industrious police force.

"Public confidence is paramount for any police force and Bernard Hogan-Howe has the impressive track record to restore confidence and crack down on violent crime and disorder.

"Over recent weeks London has faced immense policing challenges and I truly believe that Bernard Hogan-Howe has the sound expertise to handle critical issues and keep our streets safe.

"It's no secret that I desired someone who has a clear strategy for tackling gang violence and youth crime and restoring pride in our great city.


  • 1979: Joins South Yorkshire Police
  • 1997: Asst Chief Constable, Merseyside
  • 2001: Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police
  • 2004-09: Chief Constable of Merseyside
  • 2009: HM Inspectorate of Constabulary

"Bernard Hogan-Howe has made it clear that this will be a new more transparent era for the Met, making the police more accountable to the public, and strengthening police and public relationships."

Sir Hugh Orde, who remains the president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: "Bernard Hogan-Howe is to be congratulated for his appointment as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.

"He brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to the job of policing our capital, protecting Londoners and leading the Met.

"Chief officers look forward to working closely with Bernard and the chief officer team at the Met as the service gets on with its work to cut crime, deliver a safe and secure Olympics and meet the challenges of reform."


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    Comment number 31.

    I remember him being interviewed just after the riots. I thought he came accross well and would make a good commissioner. But that was on the strength of 2 minutes of TV interview.

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    Comment number 30.

    I'm your puppet!

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    Comment number 29.

    The most important policeman to me is the one who comes to me if I need them, not the overpaid figure head.

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    Comment number 28.

    I hope a start in clearing out the Chief Constables who were promoted because of their willingness to adopt Labour's politically correct agenda.

    The riots showed how the cadre of Chief police officers promoted under Labour are ineffective, box ticking, risk averse, social workers.

    Hopefully we can eventually get back to impartial but tough and effective policing.

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    Comment number 27.

    I wish him the best of luck. This job has got to be the 'poison chalice' of Policing in this Country. He will never be allowed to do his job properly because this is and always will be a political appointment. Hugh Orde was the obvious choice but he speaks his mind; I am sorry for Mr House, he was 'told' to apply, how cruel is that?

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    Comment number 26.

    Let's hope he can get on with job and not all the PC drivel that hinders modern policing.I also he isn't bushwhacked by Bozza or May and we find ourselves seeing this process repeated in 18 months time.

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    Comment number 25.

    What a joke watch the interview praises Stevenson, the last guy who couldn't even protect the royals with access to all the best information and employed Murdoch's.Hogan taking about making criminals fear the police that what you call the police standing there watching looters and doing nothing. Cant even string two coherent sentences together do these people get lessons in talking nonsense!

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    Comment number 24.

    A sad, political appointment, of a man who has already shown that he's willing to be controlled by the tory party. Another commissioner who has a shelf life. If as expected, Livingston wins back the Mayor next year, then Hogan-Howe's position will be untenable. Seems like May has learned nothing, and is more interested in pursuing a political agenda. Hugh Orde would have been the natural choice.

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    Comment number 23.

    I looked at the picture & thought they'd promoted Sgt Bob Cryer for a second.

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    Comment number 22.

    I worked under this Chief for a number of years. He is very focused and task orientated. The cops on the ground should feel confident. Those higher up the chain of command should be more worried. If you don't get the job done as prescribed then be prepared to face the consequences! I think this is an excellent appointment for the Met

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    Comment number 21.

    Good luck to him, just hope he doesn't need it.

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    Comment number 20.

    Best wishes and good luck.

    Pity it wasn't someone who was unemployed, though. There are far too many people who need a job desperately to be happy about already wealthy folks drifting from a job they already have or secure retirement into another one.

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    Comment number 19.

    He rid the streets of Liverpool of the guns, which took some doing. The gangsters feared him. He's good, very good. He will do a good job in London, if he is given the support that he needs, when he needs it from those around him.

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    Comment number 18.

    Is he a mason??

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    Comment number 17.

    It doesn't matter who is "in the chair" as long as the courts keep passing lenient sentences. The only time we need the politicians to get involved is to cough up the money to build more prisons.

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    Comment number 16.

    He did a nice job for Merseyside and sorted out some of the problems of a small niumber of corrupt police and childish behaviour by some of the Merseyside Police Force.
    All it needs now is for Merseyside detectives to be universirty educated in forensic science and the law and replace the 'dead man's shoes' kind of copper that infests the detective Force at the moment.

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    Comment number 15.

    @4 "When is his first meeting with News International?"

    From his time spent on merseyside he's hopefully developed his views on News International

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    Comment number 14.

    Fast-track career policeman with first class education, experience of rural and inner-city issues, looks good and promises to be an excellent choice. Now he has to tackle the real problems which are gang and financial crime.

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    Comment number 13.

    This is great news; I had nothing but praise after the way Mr Hogan-Howe dealt with the trial of the people convicted when Reece, the young child, was shot, in Liverpool, and had to email him and congratulate him and now I am emailing to send my Congratulations once again - it had to be him who got the job.

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    Comment number 12.

    From my experiences with the met police, it will take a lot for me to have faith in them. I wish him well.


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