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 51.

    His biggest problem will be getting on with Boris Johnson, who, despite being nothing more than a second class politician, seems to think he knows how to police the streets of one of the most diverse city's in London. If he sidles up to the current government, he probably won't be doing a very good job. If he fights his corner, he will.

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    Comment number 50.

    I believe that Ms. May and Mr. Johnson made the wrong choice.
    It's a Political decision. Hogan Howe is very Bright & astute.
    The question is whether rank & file officers will respect him .
    He embraces hi tech gizmos, But I think the general morale of the Police rank and file dropped,while he was here. The nickname I gave him?
    Yes, there still are shootings & gun crime in Liverpool..

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    Comment number 49.

    No one cares...

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    Comment number 48.

    I think you have to go back to Sir Robert Mark to get a non political puppet.

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    Comment number 47.

    When will people realize it is not the bloke at the top who makes a difference but the fellas on the street. He may be in charge but he hasn't a clue what it takes to keep the criminal class in their place. His salary should be divided up amongst those who put their lives on the line every day. His job is worth no more than minimum wage.

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    Comment number 45.

    Have Theresa May or Boris Johnson ever had real jobs ? How are these two buffoons qualified to interview anyone ? They are both absolutely useless. Only in the world of politics would they manage to keep a job.

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    Comment number 44.

    What's with all these comments about this guy getting rid of gangs and guns in Liverpool ? That's not true at all. Almost every day there is a new story about gangs and guns in Liverpool. This is like the failed politicians still claiming Northern Ireland is free of violence - the violence has never stopped. Just because you say something is true doesn't mean it is !

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    Comment number 43.

    The Tories and the FIBerals place such priority on this job that they send Theresa May and Boris Johnson to do the interviewing ! It's the political equivalent of sending the Teletubbies in ! Lol. What a farce ! I think this shows EXACTLY how the Tories picture this job is going to be run from now on. Out with one puppet and in with the next.....

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    Comment number 42.

    Just another politcal puppy dog I'm afraid. London hasnt had a proper copper in charge since Sir Peter Imbert - Lord Condon started to politicise the role, Lord Stevens tried, but failed, and the subsuquent incumbants have failed to hide the strings by which they were manipulated..

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    Comment number 41.

    Wouldn't really matter if they had appointed 'God' to the role. The minute something happens that is disliked by 'the establishment' he will be alone to deal with the mess. He will receive zero back up when he needs it or support from the government should he say or do anything which might cost votes.

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    Comment number 40.

    This is a tough job and it's started well be using the word 'force'. Things started to go wrong when they called themselves the police 'service'. Time to break away from that sort of nonsense. First job: get a result on that PI axe murder. They know who did it and who covered it up. A fresh untainted look should solve it. People who've spent time on Merseyside know all about News International!

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    Comment number 39.

    This position is a 'Poison Chalice' - wonder how long he will survive?

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    Comment number 38.

    What happened to the American saviour? That all went very quiet, obviously the focus groups squashed that one for Mr Cameron. Just hope this one is allowed to get on with doing the job and not constantly being undermined by Boris and co.

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    Comment number 37.

    And a Sheffield lad to run the metropolis..

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    Comment number 36.

    I am very worried about the future of the police force. Ian Blair was a labour man, Sir Paul Stephenson tried to be impartial and was forced out under pretence of the hacking scandal by May/Boris because he didn't tow their line Godwin and Orde would have been natural replacement However because they questioned recent government policies over the riots it was obvious they wouldn't be appointed.

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    Comment number 35.

    Personally I think he's too close to the centre of the establishment. I would have gone for House who has proven track record in gang busting in Glasgow and given his experience with old firm games knows all about volatile situations. Still he'll be in the box seat for the number one job in Big Eck's Scottish national police.

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    Comment number 34.

    I bet this cop is posh. He has a double-barrelled name.

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    Comment number 33.

    Only in Britain would we let someone as useless as Boris Johnson and Theresa May interview for such an important job. I cringed when I read they were the ones responsible for choosing him !
    At least we all know who to blame when the man fails in his job like the last one - oh no, we don't do we because it's British politics and there is still absolutely no accountability. Grim, grim, grim.

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    Comment number 32.

    I wish him well, for we all know he will need our best wishes.

    Who would change places in this political age?


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