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.