Bernard Hogan-Howe, the newly-appointed Metropolitan Police Commissioner (head of Scotland Yard), fits the bill for the “single-minded crime fighter” sought by the home secretary, says the BBC. He has served as the acting deputy commissioner after Sir Paul Stephenson and his assistant John Yates quit amid criticism of the Met’s role in the phone-hacking scandal.
During five years as police chief in Merseyside, Hogan-Howe developed a high profile via regular web chats and broadcasts, appearances on local radio phone-ins, and horseback rides through the city. He worked as a traffic officer, detective, and district commander, gaining an MA in law from Oxford University and a diploma in applied criminology from Cambridge University along the way. In 1997 he moved to Merseyside police and four years later joined the Met as an assistant commissioner, before returning to Liverpool in 2004. During that time, crime dropped by a third, and the force claims anti-social behavior rates were cut in half through a zero-tolerance approach.