Met Police: Sir Mark Rowley appointed new commissioner

Sir Mark, 57, a former head of counter-terrorism who left the Met in 2018, was selected over Met assistant commissioner Nick Ephgrave – the other candidate to reach the final shortlist of two.

Sir Mark Rowley is to become the new commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police, vowing to lead Britain’s biggest force out of crisis.

Sir Mark, 57, a former head of counter-terrorism who left the Met in 2018, was selected over assistant commissioner Nick Ephgrave – the other candidate to reach the final shortlist of two.

Sir Mark Rowley has been announced as the Met Police’s new commissioner

Sir Mark was formally appointed by the Queen following a recommendation from the home secretary Priti Patel.

Representations from the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who is also the police and crime commissioner for the capital, were considered by the home secretary before making her decision.

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The date of Sir Mark’s first day in the role will be confirmed in due course.

Ms Patel said: “Sir Mark Rowley is a distinguished and exceptionally experienced police officer, having served the people of the West Midlands and Surrey before guiding the capital through some of its most challenging moments in the wake of the 2017 terror attacks, as the Met’s then head of counter-terrorism.

Home Secretary Priti Patel

“He now takes on one of the most important and demanding jobs in policing, leading the country’s largest force at a time when public trust in the Met Police has been severely undermined by a number of significant failings.

“Rebuilding public trust and delivering on crime reduction must be his priority.

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“This will be a challenging period, but with a focus on tackling neighbourhood crime and delivering the basics of policing, Sir Mark is committed to tackling the significant challenges confronting the force and to making London’s streets safer by driving down crime and bringing more criminals to justice.

“As the largest police force in the country, we have supported the Met to recruit 2,599 extra police officers and increased their annual policing budget to £3.24 billion in 2022-23.

“I look forward to working closely with Sir Mark to ensure this investment drives essential change to ensure the force delivers for the people of London.”

Sadiq Khan, right, with ex Met Police chief Dame Cressida Dick, who quit after the mayor said he no longer had confidence in her following a string of scandals. Credit: VICTORIA JONES/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Responding to his appointment, Sir Mark Rowley said: “I feel deeply honoured to be appointed to be the next Met Police commissioner.

“Our mission is to lead the renewal of policing by consent which has been so heavily dented in recent years as trust and confidence have fallen.

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“I am grateful that the home secretary and mayor are both determined to support the urgent reforms we need to deliver successful community crimefighting in today’s fast moving world.

“These reforms include our use of technology and data, our culture and our policing approach. We will fight crime with communities – not unilaterally dispense tactics.

“I also know that the majority of officers and staff retain an extraordinary sense of vocation and determination and want us to do better.

“It is my job to help them do that, whilst also being ruthless in removing those who are corrupting our integrity.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Credit: Getty Images

“We will deliver more trust, less crime and high standards for London and beyond and we will work with London’s diverse communities as we together renew the uniquely British invention of ‘policing by consent’.”

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The home secretary and I have agreed that Sir Mark Rowley is the best person to lead the Met Police as the new commissioner at this extremely challenging time.

“A series of appalling scandals have not only exposed deep cultural problems within the Met, but have contributed to a crisis of confidence in London’s police service.

“Sir Mark has made clear to me that he is determined to be a reforming commissioner, committed to implementing a robust plan to rebuild trust and confidence in the police and to drive through the urgent reforms and step change in culture and performance Londoners deserve.

“As mayor, I will support and hold him to these promises as I continue to hold the Met to account.

“Sir Mark has demonstrated to me that he is the outstanding candidate for this role.

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“He brings a wealth of great experience to the position, including exceptional leadership during the 2017 terror attacks and a genuine commitment to increasing engagement with diverse communities across our city.

“The experience he has gained outside policing over the last four years will also bring a valuable new perspective to the Met.

“Above all, he is committed to policing by consent and shares my ambition to get to a place where all Londoners feel protected and served, and where we have a police force that everyone – including the many brave and dedicated officers in our city – can be proud of.

“I look forward to supporting Sir Mark Rowley and working closely with the home secretary as we work to restore trust and confidence in the police, ensure that the Met gets the basics of policing right, and build on the significant success we have made in driving down violence and crime in our city.”