Sir Mark will return to Scotland Yard four years after leaving the force. Dame Cressida Dick stepped down as head of the force earlier this year. The news comes less than two weeks after police officers put the Met in special measures.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Sir Mark Rowley is an outstanding and exceptionally experienced police officer who served the people of the West Midlands and Surrey before leading the capital through some of its most difficult times since the 2017 terror attacks. The Met’s then head of counter-terrorism .

“He now takes on one of the most important and demanding responsibilities in policing, leading the country’s largest force at a time when public confidence in the Metropolitan Police has been severely undermined.”

Sir Mark said: “Our mission is to lead the recovery of consent policing, which has been so badly broken in recent years.”

He was Surrey’s chief constable from 2008 to 2011 before joining the Met. In 2018, he was knighted for his contribution to national security. After leaving the service, he worked on security and policy projects, including a review with the Countering Extremism Commission.

The appointment is for an initial term of five years.


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