And then there were four – Shortlist for Met Commissioner job

It has now been publicly confirmed that the nine applicants for the post of Met Commissioner (or “Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis” to use the proper title) have now been whittled down to four.  This follows a short-listing meeting earlier this week, chaired by Sir David Normington (Permanent Secretary at the Home Office). 

The lucky four are:

  • Sir Paul Stephenson, currently acting Commissioner, who was Sir Ian Blair’s Deputy and was formerly Chief Constable of Lancashire;
  • Sir Hugh Orde, Chief Constable of Northern Ireland and formerly a Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Met;
  • Sir Paul Scott-Lee, Chief Constable of the West Midlands; and
  • Bernard Hogan-Howe, Chief Constable of Merseyside and formerly an Assistant Commissioner at the Met (and the only non-knight in the list).

They all have substantial experience and it would be wrong to describe any of them as the front-runner.  The race is genuinely an open one.

The next stage is an interview for the four candidates at the Home Office in January, followed by an interview a few days later at the Metropolitan Police Authority.  The names will then be considered by the Home Secretary, presumably with the comments/recommendations from the two interviews.  Technically, the Commissioner is a Royal appointment with the Queen being advised by the Home Secretary, who must in turn have consulted the Metropolitan Police Authority and considered any representations made by the Mayor of London.

White smoke by the end of next month?

One thought on “And then there were four – Shortlist for Met Commissioner job”

  1. Kent Police Authority are a month beyond the IPCC deadline for giving an answer about crime complaint of treason against Mike Fuller. There is an unanswered Common Law Information of Treason laid against him with Maidstone Justices.

    I was rather looking forward to the Home Secretary making recommendations to HM the Q and for the Queen to remind the Home Secretary that the Monarch is sole fount of justice in mercy. That it is treason to undermine her as such and that one of the charges in the Common Law Information against Mr Fuller is just that.

    Happily now we know he will be staying in Kent perhaps he will toddle along to the Justices and answer the Information ?

    The Information is published on internet.

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