Profile: Bernard Hogan-Howe

Name:  Bernard Hogan-Howe

Birthdate: 19571

Education: Hinde House Comprehensive School2; MA in Law at Oxford3; Diploma in Applied Criminology at Cambridge4

Hometown: Sheffield5

Current residence: London6

Current job title: Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service7


Quote from Bernard: “Society needs to make it clear that it will not tolerate the thugs who are living life by the law of the gun” – Bernard Hogan-Howe8

Quote about Bernard: “I truly believe that Bernard Hogan-Howe has the sound expertise to handle critical issues and keep our streets safe” – Boris Johnson9

Notable previous jobs:

  • Four years working as a lab assistant in the health service10
  • 1979: Joins South Yorkshire Police11
  • 1997: Asst Chief Constable, Merseyside12
  • 2001: Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police13
  • 2004-09: Chief Constable of Merseyside14
  • 2009: HM Inspectorate of Constabulary15

Notable for:

  • Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University16
  • Chairman of the James Bulger House Appeal17
  • Board Member of The Mersey Partnership18
  • Board Member of The Liverpool Culture Company19

Police stuff:

  • Applied for the job of Met Commissioner once before, and lost it to Sir Paul Stephenson20
  • When he left Merseyside in 2009, the force had risen in public confidence rankings from 42nd out of 43 to the top of the list21
  • Was the first chief constable to lead a Grand National winner on his police horse, on route to the Winner’s Enclosure at Aintree22
  • A member of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Cabinet23
  • A member of the Board of the Central Police Training and Development Authority (Centrex)24
  • Said that the reclassification of cannabis had “legitimised” its use and should be reviewed25
  • Whilst working in Merseyside there was a 26% drop in anti-social behaviour, 7% decrease in people being killed or seriously injured on the roads and his Matrix Unit was the first UK dedicated gun crime unit, responsible for 600years worth of criminal sentences26
  • Argued that families that shield gun criminals from the police should be evicted from their homes27
  • At the MPS, he led a team which recruited thousands of additional front-line officers, 15% of whom were from the minority communities of London28


  • None (as of yet)


  • Has a passion for horse riding29
  • Enjoys golf30
  • Likes attending opera and theatre31
  • Supports Sheffield Wednesday football club32

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