Tuesday, 16 August 2011

The next Commissioner of the Met.

There has been much speculation in the press as to who will be the next Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Firm favourites initially was the Acting Commissioner Tim Godwin and the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, Sir Hugh Orde. Both these men seemed to have spoilt their chances by publicly crossing David Cameron and Teresa May over the policing of the riots and the appointment of Bill Bratton ex Commissioner of the New York PD as a special advisor. The current favourite is Stephen House the Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police and an ex senior officer in the Metropolitan Police who apparently has been encouraged by the Home Office to apply.

I find it somewhat hard to comprehend why a Glasgow boy like Stephen House would want to take over the 'poisoned chalice' which is the job of Commissioner of the Met, knowing full well that the Scottish Government intend to amalgamate the 8 Scottish forces into one national force and that he as Chief of Scotland's largest Police force would be sitting pretty to take over the top job. It may however be that House might take on the Met job for a few years and then return to Scotland for the top job.

Another great unknown in this process is who Boris Johnson favours? Will Teresa May really want to pick a fight with the Mayor of London or will she go for a compromise candidate.

For what it's worth I favour Sir Hugh Orde. His policing experience as Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland is second to none and would make him an ideal candidate for Commissioner.

1 comment:

John Broughton said...

Orde's fight against elected commissioners ought to disqualify him in any event. Arrogant & ineffective post NI.