|Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
|Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe speaking in 2012|
|Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis|
12 September 2011
|Preceded by||Sir Paul Stephenson|
25 October 1957
Sheffield, United Kingdom
|Spouse(s)||Marion, née White|
|Alma mater||Merton College, Oxford
Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
University of Sheffield
|Religion||Church of England (non-practising)|
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, QPM (born 25 October 1957) is the present Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (of London). He was previously Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, an Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, and more recently one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary.
On 18 July 2011, the Home Secretary announced Hogan-Howe's temporary appointment as Acting Deputy Commissioner following the resignation of the Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, and the appointment of the incumbent Deputy Commissioner as Acting Commissioner. Hogan-Howe applied for the position of Commissioner himself in August 2011 along with other candidates, and was successful in being selected for the post on 12 September 2011 after appearing before a panel of the Home Secretary and the Mayor of London and receiving the approval of the Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, before he was formally appointed by The Queen. Hogan-Howe was knighted in the Queen's 2013 New Year Honours for services to policing.
Early life and education
Hogan-Howe was born in Sheffield in 1957, the son of Bernard Howe. He attended Hinde House School, a dual primary and secondary school, where he completed his A-levels. He was brought up single-handedly by his mother, whose surname of Hogan he later added by Deed poll. After leaving school, he spent four years working as a lab assistant in the National Health Service.
Whilst still with South Yorkshire Police, he was identified as a high-flier and selected to study for a MA degree in Law at Merton College, University of Oxford, which he began at the age of 28. He later went on to gain a Diploma in Applied Criminology from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the University of Sheffield.
Hogan-Howe began his police career in 1979 with South Yorkshire Police and rose to be District Commander of the Doncaster West area. In 1997, he transferred over to Merseyside Police as Assistant Chief Constable for Community Affairs, moving onto area operations in 1999. Hogan-Howe then once again transferred this time to the Metropolitan Police Service as Assistant Commissioner for Human Resources, July 2001-2004. He was then appointed Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, 2005-9.
Hogan-Howe had called for a "total war on crime" whilst Chief Constable and argued that the Health and Safety case which was successfully brought against the Metropolitan Police after the de Menezes shooting was restrictive of allowing the police to do their work. He had also called for a review of the decision to downgrade cannabis from a class B to a class C drug. He thereafter served as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary, 2009-2011.
On 12 September 2011, it was announced that Bernard Hogan-Howe would become Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis on 26 September. He was briefly Assistant Commissioner responsible for professional standards before formally commencing the role as Commissioner. During that period, a decision was made within the department of professional standards to use the Official Secrets Act to compel The Guardian to reveal its sources regarding the News International phone hacking scandal. The order was swiftly rescinded five days prior to Hogan-Howe's formal term of office. On 16 January 2012, Hogan-Howe gave a talk at The London School of Economics and Political Science entitled Total Policing: The Future of Policing in London. He will appear in The Met which will broadcast on BBC One in 2014.
Honours and Awards
|Queen's Police Medal (QPM)|
|Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal||2002|
|Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal||2012|
|Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal|
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Sir Norman Bettison
|Chief Constable of Merseyside Police
Bernard Lawson (Acting)
Sir Paul Stephenson
|Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis