Steely grit wins city cop top job

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A STEEL City work ethic and down-to-earth Sheffield upbringing made Britain’s top police officer the man he is, a former colleague told The Star today.

Bernard Hogan-Howe, aged 53, landed the police service’s highest ranking position this week when he was named as the new Commissioner of The Metropolitan Police - the largest force in the country.

He will be responsible for leading counter terrorism policing and protection of the Royal Family and Government ministers.

Mr Hogan-Howe was brought up in Ecclesfield, attended Hinde House School in Wincobank and joined South Yorkshire Police in 1979.

The Commissioner, who lived in Crosspool, worked his way up the ranks and became Superintendent in August 1993 before moving to Merseyside Police in August 1997as Chief Constable.

South Yorkshire’s Deputy Chief Constable Bob Dyson said: “I have known Bernard for a number of years and people keep going on about his tough guy image and, yes, he is very focused on performance and doing a good job but he is a nice guy too.

“He has his feet firmly on the ground, as many Sheffield people have, he has a very strong work ethic - again, like many Sheffield people have - and he is very down to earth like Yorkshire folk, which will hold him in good stead for his new role.

“He is an example of what hard work can achieve and we are all very proud of him.”

Mr Hogan-Howe said he has always kept in touch with former colleagues and is due to attend an Old Comrades Association dinner in Sheffield next month.

Brightside and Hillsborough MP and former Home Secretary David Blunkett said: “He’s a Sheffielder through and through.

“I hope he will be able to use some of that Sheffield steel to stand up to Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, and to bring that grit and common sense to bear with what everyone these days is calling ‘tough love’.”