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Northern Ireland police chief in running to replace Sir Ian Blair

PUBLISHED: 15:58 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:51 07 September 2010

The head of Northern Ireland s new police service is in the running for London s top police job, according to Jane s Police Review. The shortlist for the job of Met commissioner has been whittled down to two contenders.   Chris Herbert, Jane s Police Rev

The head of Northern Ireland's new police service is in the running for London's top police job, according to Jane's Police Review.

The shortlist for the job of Met commissioner has been whittled down to two contenders.

Chris Herbert, Jane's Police Review Editor, said, "Sir Paul Stephenson, the acting commissioner, and Sir Hugh Orde, chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, will battle it out for the £253,622 per year post."

The original shortlist also featured Sir Paul Scott-Lee, chief constable of West Midlands Police, and Bernard Hogan-Howe, chief constable of Merseyside Police.

Final interviews for the post will be conducted by the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith before appointment by the Queen. The commissioner is expected to take up post in spring 2009 according to the Metropolitan Police Authority.

Sir Paul Stephenson, who took on the acting commissioner role when Sir Ian Blair retired as commissioner in December 2008, joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1975.

He also worked for the Royal Ulster Constabulary and Merseyside Police before being appointed chief constable of Lancashire Constabulary in July 2002 and then Met deputy commissioner in March 2005.

Sir Hugh joined the Met in 1977 and worked his way up to become a deputy assistant commissioner of the force in October 1999. He took up his current job in September 2002.

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