Who are the contenders to replace Cressida Dick as Met Police commissioner?

With no clear frontrunner to replace Dame Cressida, here is a look at some of the likely options.

10 February 2022

Speculation has already begun about who will replace Dame Cressida Dick as the Metropolitan Police commissioner.

Dame Cressida announced on Thursday that she would be stepping down after losing the backing of London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of a series of scandals during her tenure leading Britain’s biggest police force.

With no clear frontrunner to replace the outgoing commissioner, here is a look at some of the likely candidates.

– Matt Jukes

Matt Jukes, an assistant Metropolitan Police commissioner currently working as head of counter-terrorism, is seen by many commentators as a likely contender.

Mr Jukes first joined South Yorkshire Police as a Pc before moving to South Wales Police and working his way up the ranks.

The Prince of Wales is introduced by chief constable Matt Jukes during a visit to the South Wales Police headquarters to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2019
The Prince of Wales is introduced by chief constable Matt Jukes during a visit to the South Wales Police headquarters to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2019 (Jacob King/PA)

He rose to become chief constable of South Wales Police before returning to the Metropolitan Police as an assistant commissioner in 2020.

So unlike Dame Cressida, who never ran her own force before becoming commissioner, he has prior experience at the helm.

– Neil Basu

Neil Basu, another assistant commissioner who previously worked as the head of counter-terrorism, is also thought to be a likely candidate.

Mr Basu has spent his entire career serving in the Metropolitan Police.

In a 2019 interview with The Guardian, he said that if someone used the racially offensive comments Boris Johnson had, they would not be admitted into the police force.

Assistant commissioner Neil Basu
Neil Basu (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

For some, the comments were seen as political and could prove detrimental to his chances of succeeding Dame Cressida.

But Mr Basu is popular among officers and is still widely seen as capable.

He is also the most senior police officer of Asian heritage and would be the first minority ethnic commissioner.

– Lucy D’Orsi

Another potential replacement is Lucy D’Orsi, the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police.

She previously worked as a senior officer at the Metropolitan Police.

During her career, she was in charge of the police response to the Beaufort Park fire in 2006 and she headed up security during Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to the UK in 2015.

She would be following in Dame Cressida’s footsteps as the second woman to become Metropolitan Police commissioner.

– Nick Ephgrave

Nick Ephgrave, assistant commissioner for frontline policing, is also in with a chance of getting the top job.

Nick Ephgrave, left, with Metropolitan Police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, centre
Nick Ephgrave, left, with Metropolitan Police commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, centre (Yui Mok/PA)

Mr Ephgrave began his career at the Metropolitan Police but moved to become chief constable of Surrey Police in late 2015.

In 2019, he returned to the Metropolitan Police as an assistant commissioner.

Like Mr Jukes, he also already has experience leading a police force.

– Sir Stephen House

Sir Stephen House is the Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, just below Dame Cressida, and so is a natural contender for the job.

Sir Stephen House
Sir Stephen House (Danny Lawson/PA)

The Scottish police officer has worked in several different forces and was appointed chief constable of Police Scotland in 2012.

However, during his tenure leading Police Scotland he faced criticism for his use of armed patrols as well as stop and search.

He eventually resigned in 2015 over the deaths of Lamara Bell and John Yuill, who lay undiscovered in a wrecked car for three days despite a call from a member of the public.

But in 2018, he became an assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police and was promoted to deputy commissioner by the end of the year.

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