The Daily Telegraph

New commission­er advised to axe 25 per cent of senior Met officers

- By Martin Evans CRIME CORRESPOND­ENT

THE incoming commission­er of the Metropolit­an Police must clear out a quarter of his most senior officers if he wants to reform the beleaguere­d force, a report from an influentia­l think tank has recommende­d.

Sir Mark Rowley will take over as the country’s most senior police officer on Monday, following the departure of Dame Cressida Dick earlier this year.

But with the Met in special measures and trust and confidence in the force at a record low, he has been warned that Scotland Yard must undergo a radical overhaul if he is to succeed.

A major report by the Policy Exchange think tank, published on the eve of him taking up the post, has said one of his first tasks should be to remove at least a quarter of his 40 chief officers.

Pointing to a survey published in October last year, the report said just 39 per cent of Met officers have confidence in its senior leaders. The report adds: “There should be a reduction in the number of chief officers across the Met. The Met’s current situation strongly suggests that having more senior leaders does not necessaril­y equate to better organisati­onal leadership.

“The number of commanders in the Met should be reduced from the current 19 to no more than 11. The number of deputy assistant commission­ers should be reduced from 10 to no more than six.”

The report’s authors also suggest bringing in “new blood” from outside policing to fill some of the senior positions as well as enticing former officers now in the private sector back into the force. In addition they suggest introducin­g fast track promotions for the most talented junior officers allowing them to “skip” some of the ranks and move straight into senior management.

In a forward to the report by Lord Stevens, the former Met Commission­er and Bill Bratton, the former New York Police Department, they say: “Over the coming months the Commission­er will need the freedom to put in place his own senior team that can drive a program of far-reaching reform.

“A new team of local police commanders, that are relentless in driving down crime and disorder, must be appointed.”

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