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Metropolitan Police Commissioner and former US Police Chief give oral evidence

11 October 2011

New Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Bernard Hogan-Howe, gives evidence to the Home Affairs Committee today.

The session gives the committee the opportunity to question the new Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police about his priorities and plans for the future of the force.  It will be a chance to explore how the Commissioner intends to restore stability to the Metropolitan Police.

The session with the new Commissioner will be followed by two sessions relating to the committee's inquiry into the Policing of Large-scale Disorder.  First the committee will be hearing from Bill Bratton, the former Chief of Police in Los Angeles, about gang-related crime and his role as informal advisor on gang crime.  Then the committee will hear from Professor Tim Newburn and Paul Lewis about the Reading the Riots study, that is being undertaken by the Guardian and the London School of Economics.

Committee Chair Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP said:

"Following the premature departure of two previous Commissioners, and the ongoing inquiries into phone hacking and unauthorised payments to police officers, there is an urgent need to restore stability to the Met.  The committee will hear from Mr Hogan-Howe about how he will tackle these challenges.

 

We will also be continuing to pursue our important inquiry into the August 2011 disturbances.  In the aftermath of the riots, the Prime Minister said that he would be discussing with Bill Bratton how to go further in dealing with gangs. We will hear from Bill Bratton about his work on gang-related crime.  We will also hear more about the Reading the Riots study, which is interviewing people who were involved in and affected by the disturbances."

Witnesses

  • 11.00am to 11.45am 
    Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police
  • 11.45am to 12.15pm 
    Bill Bratton, former Chief of Police, Los Angeles Police Department
  • 12.15pm to 12.45pm
    Professor Tim Newburn, London School of Economics, and Paul Lewis, The Guardian, "Reading the Riots" study

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