Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was the most senior police ofﬁcer in the UK. He led the Metropolitan Police, an organisation of 50,000 people with a budget of £3.2 billion providing a service for the 8.6 million people of London. He had national responsibilities, including leading counter terrorism policing throughout the UK and protecting the Royal Family and government.
As Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and Chief Constable of Merseyside he delivered signiﬁcant reductions in crime. In London he uniquely maintained police ofﬁcer numbers despite a budgetary loss of £600 million.
Sir Bernard has extensive experience of policing major public events, many during a threat level of 'severe'. These include the successful 2012 Olympics Games, 2008 Liverpool European City of Culture, State Visits, The State Opening of Parliament, major sporting events and political protests on the streets of London.