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Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to step down after five years as head of the Met Police

PUBLISHED: 10:03 29 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:05 29 September 2016

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

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He has led the force's response to international terrorism and overseen a fall in crime

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has announced his decision to step down as commissioner of the Metropolitan Police after five years at the helm.

Appointed to the role on September 12, 2011, Sir Bernard has overseen an 18 per cent fall in crime and a rise in public confidence in the police service.

His first challenge was to lead the response to the London riots, convicting the criminals responsible and ensuring his officers could be mobilised at speed to avoid losing control of the streets.

He also oversaw a successful security operation by the Met to ensure the 2012 London Olympics passed off safely.

Throughout his time at the helm, the capital has faced an evolving threat from international terrorism, with fears of a new generation of people being radicalised.

The murder of soldier Lee Rigby in 2013 made that threat a reality. His attackers were stopped by firearms officers from the Met and later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Following the attacks in Paris last year, Sir Bernard ordered a significant increase in the number of firearms officers in London and stepped up the number of armed patrols in the capital.

During his tenure, the Met has faced significant financial challenged and has saved more than £600 million, selling its historic headquarters at New Scotland Yard for £370million.

Despite these challenges, the service has maintained front-line officer numbers at 32,000 and has witnessed a dramatic rise in the number of personnel from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Sir Bernard commented: “I am so proud of the remarkable men and women who serve Londoners as police officers and staff and make this such a safe place for people to live, work or visit.

“I want to thank all of them for what they do, and the risks they take each day to protect the public.

“I want to thank all the partners we work with in government, in City Hall and across London. And I want to thank the public for the support they show the Met, and have shown me personally, as we do our difficult jobs.

“I came into this job determined to fight crime and make the MPS the best, most professional police service. I wish my successor well as they take on this amazing responsibility.

“It has been a great privilege to be the Met’s Commissioner. I have loved my time in the role and I have loved being a police officer.

“It’s the most rewarding of jobs to protect good people and lock up the bad guys.”

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