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Sir Paul Stephenson appointed as new police commissioner

28 January 2009

Sir Paul has been appointed the new Metropolitan Police Service commissioner, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced today.

The Home Secretary made her recommendation to the Queen following an open competition for the selection of the new commissioner. In making her decision she considered recommendations from the Metropolitan Police Authority and London Mayor Boris Johnson.

A 'strong vision'

The Home Secretary said, 'I am delighted to announce the appointment of Sir Paul as the new commissioner for the Metropolitan Police Service. In a very strong field of candidates, Sir Paul impressed everyone with his strong vision and his approach to tackling the challenges that lie ahead for the Met – and for the service across the country as the Police begin a key period of reform.

'When making my decision, I took into account Sir Paul’s exemplary record and significant contribution to policing throughout his career.

'Sir Paul brings all the skills and experience needed to lead the capital’s police in the continued fight against serious crime and counter-terrorism as he has demonstrated over the last few years as deputy commissioner.

'Sir Paul also has a strong track record in driving neighbourhood policing as Chief Constable in Lancashire and he brings this along with his experience in Merseyside and Northern Ireland to the job as well.

'As such, I believe Sir Paul offers the expertise and leadership needed to inspire confidence across the entire Police Service – and most importantly, among the people of London.' 

More about Sir Paul

Learn more about the appointment and about Sir Paul's background on the Metropolitan Police website. (new window)

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