A FORMER South Yorkshire police officer has been drafted in to help run the Metropolitan Police after two of the force’s most senior ranking police officers stepped down in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
Sheffield-born Bernard Hogan-Howe, aged 60, has been appointed as the Met’s Deputy Chief Commissioner after the resignations of Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and Assistant Commissioner John Yates.
Mr Hogan-Howe attended Hinde House Comprehensive School, Wincobank, and spent four years as a lab assistant for the health service before joining South Yorkshire Police in 1979.
He was promoted to sergeant in 1984 and rose through the ranks reaching the position of superintendent before transferring to Merseyside as Assustant Chief Constable in August 1997.
During his time with South Yorkshire Police he studied law at Oxford University and obtained a Diploma in Applied Criminology from the University of Cambridge and then an MBA from the University of Sheffield.
He worked as a bobby in uniform, a detective and in the traffic and personnel departments in South Yorkshire.
Mr Hogan-Howe then went on to become Doncaster West’s District Commander, where he had responsibility for traffic policing and handled a review and reorganisation of South Yorkshire Police.
In 2001 he moved to the Met as Assistant Commissioner where he recruited thousands of additional front-line officers.
Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes said: “Bernard has already reached the highest levels of the service as assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan Police and as chief constable in Merseyside.
“He is well qualified for this challenging role and carries our best wishes.”
Deputy Chief Constable Bob Dyson added: “I too offer my congratulations and wish him well.”