New Met Police commissioner Sir Mark Rowley will start as Scotland Yard chief next month

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Acting commissioner Sir Steve House will step down from his post, before Sir Mark begins his tenure as commissioner on Monday September 12.

Acting commissioner Sir Steve House will step down from his post, before Sir Mark begins his tenure as commissioner on Monday September 12.

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Incoming commissioner Sir Mark said: "Sir Steve should be extremely proud of his record as a police leader.

“His influence has left an enduring mark on policing not just in London but far beyond.

"I am grateful for his stewardship of the Met over the recent turbulent months and know his priority has always been the safety of Londoners."

Sir Mark Rowley has been announced as the Met Police’s new commissionerSir Mark Rowley has been announced as the Met Police’s new commissioner
Sir Mark Rowley has been announced as the Met Police’s new commissioner | Credit: Met Police

Dame Cressida Dick, who previously held the position, was ousted in February after the mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he had lost confidence in her.

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The embattled organisation has been confronted with a string of scandals, from the murder of Sarah Everard by serving cop Wayne Couzens, to the reopening of investigations into officers involved in the Stephen Port murders, and the strip search of Child Q.

Sir Stephen House Sir Stephen House
Sir Stephen House | Credit: Met Police

“I’m confident that Sir Mark understands the challenges we face in the police in addressing the deep cultural issues that we’ve seen in the recent past with racism, sexism, homophobia, misogyny, discrimination,” the mayor told LondonWorld.

In addition, two other chief officers will leave their current posts over the coming weeks.

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Acting deputy commissioner Helen Ball has announced she will retire from policing after 35 years on October 31.

While assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave will be leaving for a secondment to the National Police Chiefs’ Council where he will lead on criminal justice.

Sir Mark added: "Both Helen and Nick are formidable leaders of the utmost integrity who have dedicated their careers to public service.

"I wish Helen all the very best in her retirement and am delighted that Nick will bring his wealth of experience from more than three decades of policing to this important work on delivering better outcomes for victims of crime.

"I am grateful to be given the opportunity to build a fresh leadership team to take the Met forward."

Scotland Yard says it is currently advertising for a number of chief officer roles.

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