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The Met's new police chief is unveiled

PUBLISHED: 15:24 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:52 07 September 2010

THE new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has been appointed, it was revealed today. Sir Paul Stephenson, 55, succeeds Sir Ian Blair who resigned last year after a public spat with London Mayor Boris Johnson. Mr Johnson played a key role alongside

THE new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has been appointed, it was revealed today.

Sir Paul Stephenson, 55, succeeds Sir Ian Blair who resigned last year after a public spat with London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson played a key role alongside Home Secretary Jacqui Smith in choosing Sir Paul, who was previously deputy to Sir Ian.

He was chosen for the £253,000-a-year post ahead of Sir Hugh Orde, the Chief Constable in Northern Ireland.

Mr Johnson described Sir Paul as an outstanding candidate and said his appointment had "cross-party consensus".

Speaking outside Scotland Yard's headquarters today, Sir Paul said: "I'm such a hugely proud policeman to be asked to lead the Met in bringing safety to millions of Londoners, millions of visitors and leading the Met's national efforts."

Sir Paul began his career in 1975 with Lancashire Constabulary and after becoming a superintendent, he spent time with the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

In 1994 he was appointed assistant chief constable of Merseyside before moving to Lancashire, where he became chief constable in 2002.

In February 2005, he moved to the Met, to fill Sir Ian Blair's previous role when he stepped up to the top job. When Sir Ian resigned last October, Sir Paul became acting commissioner.

He was awarded the Queen's Policing Medal for services to policing in May 2000 and received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List last June.


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