Mayor recommends one year extension for Met Commissioner

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe Image copyright PA
Image caption Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe became Met Police commissioner in 2011

London Mayor Boris Johnson has recommended the current Metropolitan Police commissioner's contract should be extended by one year.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe had wanted an extension of three years when his five-year contract expires in September.

Mr Johnson wrote to the Home Secretary Theresa May on Wednesday with his proposal.

Any decision about the commissioner's contract must be made by Mrs May and then approved by The Queen.

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BBC News understands Mr Johnson's decision not to offer more than one year was influenced by the mayoral elections in May.

It is thought that giving an extension longer than a year would bind Mr Johnson's successor to that decision, while a 12 month term would allow the new mayor enough time to determine if they wanted to keep him on.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe's career:

  • 1979: South Yorkshire Police
  • 1997: Assistant Chief Constable, Merseyside
  • 2001: Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police
  • 2004: Chief Constable of Merseyside
  • 2009: HM Inspectorate of Constabulary
  • 2011: Metropolitan Police Commissioner
  • 2013: Knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to policing

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