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Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to retire

Met Commissioner was appointed in September 2011
Published - 29/09/2016 By - Martin Buhagiar - Police Oracle

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is to retire after five years as the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

The force confirmed he will stay in his post until February 2017 to allow Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to appoint a successor.

Sir Bernard said: "I am so proud of the remarkable men and women who serve Londoners as police officers and staff and make this such a safe place for people to live, work or visit.

"I want to thank all of them for what they do, and the risks they take each day to protect the public.

"I want to thank all the partners we work with in government, in City Hall and across London. And I want to thank the public for the support they show the Met, and have shown me personally, as we do our difficult jobs.

"I came into this job determined to fight crime and make the MPS the best, most professional police service. I wish my successor well as they take on this amazing responsibility.

"It has been a great privilege to be the Met's Commissioner. I have loved my time in the role and I have loved being a police officer.

"It's the most rewarding of jobs to protect good people and lock up the bad guys."

Sir Bernard was appointed to the role on September 12 2011 when he lead the response to the London riots which broke out a month earlier. 

Under Sir Bernard, the Met ran a successful security operation to ensure the 2012 London Olympics passed off safely. He made a public commitment to reduce crime, which has fallen by around 18 per cent during his time as Commissioner.

The Met says the Commissioner has focused the Metropolitan Police on making London the safest global city, reducing knife and gun crime through a determined war on gangs.

It says public confidence in the Met has risen during his time as Commissioner. 

Under Sir Bernard the force has saved more than £600million and sold its historic headquarters at New Scotland Yard for £370million. It will move to its new headquarters in a few months.

Sir Bernard has kept 32,000 police officers in London - the only force to maintain frontline officer numbers - and has constantly pushed the Met to increase the number of officers from minorities, which now stands at the highest level ever. 

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