Bernard Hogan-Howe

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Bernard Hogan-Howe
QPM
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service
Incumbent
Assumed office
12 September 2011
DeputyTim Godwin
Craig Mackey
Preceded bySir Paul Stephenson
Personal details
BornBernard Howe
(1957-10-25) 25 October 1957 (age 54)
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Spouse(s)Marion, née White
Alma materUniversity of Oxford

University of Cambridge University of Sheffield

ProfessionPolice officer
ReligionChurch of England (non-practising)
 
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Bernard Hogan-Howe
QPM
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service
Incumbent
Assumed office
12 September 2011
DeputyTim Godwin
Craig Mackey
Preceded bySir Paul Stephenson
Personal details
BornBernard Howe
(1957-10-25) 25 October 1957 (age 54)
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Spouse(s)Marion, née White
Alma materUniversity of Oxford

University of Cambridge University of Sheffield

ProfessionPolice officer
ReligionChurch of England (non-practising)

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,[1] 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.[2]

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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.[3]

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,[4][5] University of Oxford, which he began at the age of 28.[6] He later went on to gain a Diploma in Applied Criminology from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from the University of Sheffield.[7][8]

Police career

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 of Community Affairs, moving onto area operations in 1999. Hogan-Howe then once again transferred this time to the Metropolitan Police Service as Assistant Commissioner of Human Resources, July 2001-2004.[9] He then took promotion and transferred to become Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, 2005-9.[10][11]

Hogan-Howe had called for a "total war on crime"[10] 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.[12] He had also called for a review of the decision to downgrade cannabis from a class B to a class C drug.[13] He thereafter served as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary, 2009-2011.[14]

On 12 September 2011, it was announced that Bernard Hogan-Howe would become Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis[2] on 26 September. He remained a deputy commissioner in charge of professional standards before he formally commenced his new role. 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.[15] 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. This was not well received by LSE students who asked him questions regarding racial profiling of citizens subjected to stop and search, violence produced by the police force, stigma regarding police uniforms, and the arrangement of police officers on the street, to which he was selectively responsive. [16]

Honours and Awards

Queens Police Medal for Merit.pngQueen's Police Medal (QPM)
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.pngQueen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal2002
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.pngQueen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal2012
Police Long Service and Good Conduct ribbon.pngPolice Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

References

  1. ^ "Four in running to be next Met Police commissioner". BBC News. 17 August 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14549497. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Bernard Hogan-Howe new Metropolitan Police commissioner". BBC News. 12 September 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14888118. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Prof Frank Sanderson; Clare Doran (13 July 2010). "Bernard Hogan-Howe". http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/Graduation/114807.htm. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bernard Hogan-Howe new Metropolitan Police Commissioner". http://www.merton.ox.ac.uk/news.shtml. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23987288-dixon-of-dock-green-is-my-role-model-police-officers-are-not-social-workers.do
  6. ^ Johnston, Philip (13 September 2011). "Bernard Hogan-Howe: a tough cop for a tough job at the Metropolitan Police". London: Telegraph online. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8759984/Bernard-Hogan-Howe-a-tough-cop-for-a-tough-job-at-the-Metropolitan-Police.html. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Who might be next Met Police commissioner?". BBC News. 18 July 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14181898. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Sheffield Executive MBA: Case study: Bernard Hogan-Howe". The University of Sheffield. http://emba.group.shef.ac.uk/case-studies/case-study-bernard-hogan-howe. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "MPA appoints two Assistant Commissioners: DAC Tarique Ghaffur and ACC Bernard Hogan-Howe". Metropolitan Police Authority website. http://www.mpa.gov.uk/news/press/2001/01-022.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  10. ^ a b "'Evict gun thugs' families' call". BBC News. 2007-02-26. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/6396229.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  11. ^ "Temporary Chief Constable takes up the baton". Merseyside Police website. http://www.merseyside.police.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3857. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  12. ^ Hogan-Howe, Bernard (2007-12-05). "No more brave policemen". Times Online (London). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/guest_contributors/article3000981.ece. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  13. ^ Owen, Jonathan (2007-04-08). "Cannabis is wrecking lives, says public school head". The Independent (London). http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-wellbeing/health-news/cannabis-is-wrecking-lives-says-public-school-head-443822.html. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  14. ^ "Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary". HMIC website. http://inspectorates.homeoffice.gov.uk/hmic/about/hm-inspectors.html/. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  15. ^ Freedland, Jonathan (21 September 2011). "The new Met chief's U-turn is welcome – he had made a gross misjudgment – Jonathan Freedland". The Guardian (London). http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/20/new-met-chief-u-turn-misjudgment. 
  16. ^ http://www2.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=1303

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Police appointments
Preceded by
Sir Norman Bettison
Chief Constable of Merseyside Police
2004–2009
Succeeded by
Jon Murphy
Preceded by
Sir Paul Stephenson
Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis
2011–present
Incumbent