Sir Mark Rowley has been announced as the next commissioner of the scandal-hit Metropolitan Police as the force desperately fights to get out of special measures

Priti Patel and Sadiq Khan today appointed Sir Mark Rowley as the next commissioner Metropolitan police and man to turn a weak force.

The former head of Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism unit beat Nick Efgrave, assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, to the £292,000-a-year post.

The Met was put into special measures last month after a devastating audit revealed a catalog of new failings, including officers fail to record tens of thousands of crimes, ignore almost all victims of anti-social behaviour, fail vulnerable victims and neglect a huge backlog of online child abuse complaints.

He replaces Cressida Dick, who was forced to resign in February after a tumultuous year of scandal that led to the murder of Sarah Everard by one of her officers, an independent inquiry calling the police “institutionally corrupt” and two officers being jailed for taking pictures bodies of murder victims.

Sir Mark said today:Our mission is to lead the recovery of consensual policing, which has been so badly damaged in recent years as trust and confidence have collapsed.

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

His appointment was agreed by Tory Home Secretary Priti Patel and Labor London Mayor Sadiq Khan after they clashed over Ms Dick’s departure, with Mayor Khan pulling the plug and forcing her to resign.

Ms 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 challenging moments since the 2017 terror attacks as the Met. then the head of the counter-terrorism unit.

“He now takes on one of the most important and demanding responsibilities in policing, leading the largest police force in the country at a time when public confidence in the Metropolitan Police has been seriously undermined by a number of significant failings. Restoring public trust and reducing crime must be his priority.”

Mayor Khan said: “A series of appalling scandals has not only exposed deep cultural problems in the Metropolitan, but has also contributed to a crisis of confidence in London’s police force.

Sir Mark has made it clear to me that he is determined to be a reforming commissioner, committed to delivering a credible plan to restore trust in the police and deliver the immediate reforms and step changes in culture and performance that Londoners deserve.

“As mayor, I will support and hold him to these promises as I continue to hold Metropolis accountable.”

Sir Mark is a familiar face after leading the Met’s counter-terrorism operations for four years. Despite retiring from the force in 2018, Sir Mark is still only 58 and has been tempted back by Britain’s biggest police job.

He served as Surrey’s chief constable for three years until 2011 before joining the Met as an assistant commissioner for seven years, starting in Birmingham in 1987.

His policing career spans more than 30 years, during which time he has transformed national security and policing.

As Chief Constable, he raised the level of public trust in Surrey to the highest level in the country.

Since joining the Metropolitan Police, Sir Mark has transformed the approach to counter-terrorism and policing in the UK, increasing community involvement and diversity in the workforce, leading the police response to the London terror attacks in 2017 and reducing shootings and murders in London to an all-time low.

He also led the reform of public order, the fight against organized crime and fraud, and established the 200-strong Op Falcon team to tackle the rise of online fraud and cybercrime.

After retiring from the police force in 2018, he worked on specialist security and technology/data transformation projects at start-ups and the world’s largest professional services company. He focused on: countering extremism and racism, internet security, institutional integrity and illicit financing.

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