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Sir Stephen House comes out of retirement for Met role


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Police Scotland's first ever chief has been working as a consultant.

Steve House pictured when chief constable of Police Scotland. Photo: PA Wire

Steve House pictured when chief constable of Police Scotland


Former Police Scotland chief constable Sir Stephen House has come out of retirement to re-join the Metropolitan Police.

Sir Steve is to become assistant commissioner in the force, as Mark Rowley retires.

His first task will be to deal with the force’s well-documented disclosure issues, according to a statement from the force.

The officer announced his retirement from Scotland’s national force in August 2015 amid criticism of changes to its firearms policy and problems with its control room response times.

He has been working as a consultant since leaving policing later that year.

Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “I’m really pleased to appoint Steve to this role. He brings huge operational experience having previously served at senior levels in the Met and been chief constable of Strathclyde Police and then Police Scotland.

"He has also led some huge change programmes, most notably bringing together eight forces to form Police Scotland.

“Steve also has a strong track record in tackling violent crime – particularly domestic violence, knife and gang crime – both within the Met and then with huge success in Scotland.

“Having worked with Steve I know he has a passion for policing and public service that will be a great addition to our team.”

Sir Steve said: “I joined the police to serve the public and it is an honour to be able to return to the Met and work as part of a really talented team to protect the public and fight crime in London.

“London is a fantastic city and deserves world class policing. It is exciting to return to the Met at a time of transformation and to be a part of the effort in delivering that.”

The officer, who left the Met for Strathclyde Police in 2007, has been given a five-year contract. He will not draw his pension while he works for the force.

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