Sir Mark Rowley has become the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, the Home Office has announced.

The 57-year-old replaces Dame Cressida Dick, who was sacked in February after the Mayor of London accused her of failing to tackle racism and misogyny in Britain’s biggest force.

Sadiq Khan said at the time the only way to “achieve the necessary scale of change” at the Met Police was through new leadership.

In it resignation letterDame Cressida said: “Clearly the mayor no longer has enough confidence in my leadership to continue.”

Sir Mark, a former counter-terrorism police chief, was officially appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of the Home Secretary and the Mayor of London after what was described as a “very competitive process”.

The news comes less than two weeks after police imposed special measures.

Statement from v Met the police said the new commissioner would focus on “getting the basics right, rebuilding trust in the police, implementing a plan to tackle crime and making our capital’s streets safer”.

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Mr Khan said that after a “series of appalling scandals” which exposed “deep cultural problems” in the Met, he looked forward to supporting Sir Mark in “rebuilding trust in the police to ensure the Mets get the fundamentals of policing right”. .

Sir Mark Rowley has become the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner, replacing Dame Cressida Dick.  Photo: Handout of the Ministry of Internal Affairs
The new commissioner was warned that the Mayor of London would continue to hold Matt to account

He added: “Sir Mark has made it clear to me that he is determined to be a reform 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 those promises while continuing to hold the Met accountable.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said Sir Mark was “taking on one of the most important tasks demanding police jobs, leading the country’s largest force at a time when public confidence in the Metropolitan Police has been seriously undermined by a number of significant failings.’

She said restoring public trust and reducing crime “must be his priority”.

Sir Mark was Chief Constable of Surrey Police from 2008-2011 and joined the Metropolitan Police in 2011.

There he was a former assistant commissioner for specialist crime and operations and later chaired the National Police Chiefs’ Council for Counter-Terrorism.

He was knighted in 2018 for “exceptional contributions to national security and national leadership at a time of unprecedented threat”.

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Cressida Dick is leaving the Met

Job ad to find Lady Cressida’s successor was published in April. The appointment, for an initial five-year term, was announced on an annual salary of £292,938.

Metropolitan Police Chief Dame Cressida Dick

It said the successful candidate would be responsible for addressing “serious deficiencies” in the force.

During Lady Cressida’s time at the helm, public confidence in the force was damaged by events including rape and murder Sarah Everard to serving officers, the posting of highly offensive messages by Charing Cross officers and the jailing of two constables for posting images of the bodies of murder victims Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry on WhatsApp.

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