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13.09.11

New Met Commissioner named

Bernard Hogan-Howe has been named the new chief commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, after interviews with Home Secretary Theresa May and Mayor of London Boris Johnson yesterday.

Hogan-Howe, previously chief constable of Merseyside police, has been hired for a five year contract, at £260,000 per year. The big issues he will face include dealing with budget and job cuts, inquiries into the riots and preparations for the Olympic Games next year.

The search for a new Metropolitan Police commissioner came after the resignations of Sir Paul Stephenson and former assistant commissioner John Yates who both left suddenly amid the investigation into police conduct and tabloid phone hacking.

Hogan-Howe has promised a more transparent era, saying: “I intend to lead the Met so that it makes criminals fear [the police], that it keeps the trust of the public of London in the Metropolitan Police, and finally the Metropolitan Police that the Metropolitan Police officers and staff are proud of.”

May said: “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.”

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