Bernard Hogan-Howe

The field of candidates for the job of Met Commissioner was incredibly strong and showed that despite its challenges this is the most sought after job in UK policing.

I’m very pleased with the choice that the Mayor and Home secretary made, Bernard Hogan-Howe has a strong background in urban policing both in Doncaster with the South Yorkshire police and as head of the Merseyside police.  And I have no doubt that he will focus strongly on fighting crime.

I hope that his time as Assistant Commissioner for Human Resources at the Met and as HM Inspector of Policing will have given him some ideas about how we can further drive down bureaucracy and waste in the Met and reduce the proportion of officers on long term sick.

This is a tough job at the best of times, but budget pressures, need for reform and the Olympic & Paralympic Games will add another level of challenge.  Once the first 18 months is out of the way it should be plain sailing for him.

3 responses to “Bernard Hogan-Howe

  1. Great choice – and great news this morning about that dire AC leaving the MPS this morning. He was a little person, both physically and metaphorically, and not up to the job. The sun has even come out this morning to celebrate his timely 'retirement'!

  2. And now the truth comes out about AC McPherson – the force's freebie king. Although, naturally, this had 'nothing to do' with his sudden retirement!

    Isn't this the same man who faced demands to repay a £70,000 'resettlement package' (so called 'off the book' payments which would have never been knopwn about save for some great investigative journalism by The Times newspaper) that he received when becoming Chief Constable in Norfolk shortly before leaving and joining the Met?

    Absolutely disgraceful.

  3. Let's hope he puts a stop to the police and IPCC leaking false information about 'suspects', particularly claiming that victims of shootings by officers had shot at a police radio, when the bullet actually came from another police officer's gun.

    The cosy relationship between police, press and politicians must stop. It is a threat to democracy and to justice.

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