Top cop remembers Sheffield city roots at uni ceremony

Photo copyright: Richard Hanson ''Bernard Hogan-Howe, SHU Honorary Doctorates.
Photo copyright: Richard Hanson ''Bernard Hogan-Howe, SHU Honorary Doctorates.
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BRITAIN’S highest ranking police officer - Sheffield-born Bernard Hogan-Howe - spoke of his love for the city when he collected an honorary degree.

Mr Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in London, received his honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University for his services to policing.

The police officer, who took over the top job in the Met in September last year, began his policing career in Sheffield.

The 55-year-old, praised his roots as he collected his degree.

He said: “It’s great to be back in the city where I spent nearly the first 40 years of my life.

“Sheffield gave me my values and principles. I’m honoured that the University felt I deserved this degree.”

Mr Hogan-Howe was born in Brightside, one of Sheffield’s most deprived areas at the time, before embarking on a successful policing career.

He also studied for a postgraduate qualification at Sheffield Hallam University.

He joined South Yorkshire Police at the age of 22 and worked as a uniformed bobby on the streets, in CID, traffic and personnel.

The high-ranking officer policed Doncaster during the miners’ strikes.

In 1997, he joined Merseyside Police and was Gold Commander during the national petrol disputes of 2000/2001.

Mr Hogan-Howe joined the Metropolitan Police Service as Assistant Commissioner in July 2001, before returning to Merseyside to become the force’s Chief Constable of in 2004.

In 2009 he took up the role of Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary with responsibility for the London and National Office.