The next leader of the Met Police will bring some challenge as some of the biggest contenders have recently retired from their roles. At the moment there is a lack of big hitters within Policing in the UK.
Despite the job carrying a whopping £275,550 there is no stand out candidate, this is not due to the potential capability to perform the role but rather lack of experience within the top flight of policing when it comes to the role of Chief Constables due to relatively youthful Chiefs.
This time last year there would have been a number of front runners, we’d be struggling to say who would be staying in the lead of the contest, But due to those stepping aside and taking retirement there.
The appointment will be by royal warrant and will be made by the Home Secretary Amber Rudd. However, she will need to take into account the views of the mayor of London.
It is expected that the Met Police Commissioner for the first time will be a female leader. With the biggest front runner being Sara Thornton. It is believed the other two front runners will be Mark Rowley & Stephen Kavanagh.
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Sara Thornton is the chair of the National Police Chiefs council since 2015 and was the chief constable of Thames Valley Police for eight years. Sara has already spent some time with the Met during her policing career. It is highly believed that Sara will be the first female Police Commissioner within the Met Police.
Mark Rowley is currently the assistant commissioner with in the Met Police, He is the national lead on counter-terrorism and the top internal candidate being considered for the role. He was Chief Constable at Surrey police. His role within Counter Terror means he spent many hours with Theresa May while she was home secretary and now Amber Rudd who will ultimately decide who the next commissioner will be.
Stephen Kavanagh Chief Constable of Essex Police has also served within the Met Police within the role of counter-terrorism command. He is currently the digital lead for policing, It has been argued that it is too early for Kavanagh as he policing career remains youthful.