We’ve got to let the top man at the Met get on with his job

New Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe
New Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe
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NEWS COMMENT: A move in the right direction but still not a win for all

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It says a lot about law and order in this country that the newly-appointed Metropolitan police commissioner is renowned for his zero tolerance on gun and knife crime.

Surely this shouldn’t mark him out as special? Surely every police chief in the country should be similarly disposed?

Sadly no, which is why Boris Johnson and Theresa May must now ensure Bernard Hogan-Howe is free to get on with the job in his own way.

This means supporting him unflinchingly in the face of politically-motivated sniping from those intent on undermining his authority.

In return, he must prove himself a dedicated crime-fighter and not be seduced by the prestige of the post like some of his predecessors.