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New chief pledges 'total policing'

Britain's most senior police chief has said that Scotland Yard will be a service criminals fear, as he rose before dawn to meet officers and staff across the capital on his first day in office.

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, who was brought in following a series of high-profile resignations in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, said he wanted to bring "total policing" to London by cutting crime, reducing costs and developing the force's culture.

Starting in Romford, east London, he is meeting officers and staff, including those from the territorial support group (TSG) which was heavily involved in last month's riots, as he makes his way west to Wandsworth before heading to the force's headquarters at New Scotland Yard.

"I want to make the Met the best police service in the world," he told staff.

"It is my intention to build on public trust in the Met and lead a service that criminals will fear, and staff will be proud to work for.

"As Commissioner, I have three simple aims: I want us to cut crime, cut costs, and continue to develop the culture of the organisation, and to do all that based on simple but important values of humility, transparency and integrity.

"We will do that through what I call 'total policing'."

Mr Hogan-Howe, 53, will also meet officers from the diplomatic protection group, mounted branch and marine support unit as he uses one of the police boats to work his way along the Thames.

The 26th commissioner will also take to the streets of the capital on foot, in a car and on the Docklands Light Railway before addressing a 1,000-strong meeting of officers and staff in central London.


From Belfast Telegraph