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Home Office will accept non-UK applications for Met Commissioner job

The advertisement for the role was published today with the deadline set for early next year.
Published - 16/11/2016 By - John Toner - Police Oracle

The next Met Commissioner could come from overseas, it has been revealed.

The Home Office published an advertisement for the biggest policing job in the country today and set out the skills and experience expected of successful candidates.

Among the qualities the Metropolitan Police is looking for is experience in “leading transformational change in a challenging financial climate”, “lasting commitment to respecting and valuing difference and inclusion” and being able to “meet budget constraints and public expectations”.

The advert also says applications would be “welcome from eligible police officers from overseas”.

There have been rumours in the past that American 'super cop' Bill Bratton was in the frame to replace incumbent Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe with his odds slashed to 4/1 with a bookmaker last month.

Two former commissioners, now Lords, Ian Blair and Paul Condon, attempted to block the path to a foreign commissioner with an amendment to Policing and Crime Bill.

During a speech to the House of Lords Sir Ian Blair raised concerns around the fact it is no longer a requirement for any senior police officer to have policing experience.

The publication of the job advert came a short time after Home Secretary Amber Rudd gave a speech at the joint NPCC/APCC conference during which she said: "The Home Office does not run policing - you do and it is time to put your foot on the gas".

The Home Office confirmed that no applications for the job from outside policing would be accepted.

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