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DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF THE METROPOLITAN POLICE APPOINTED

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John Stevens- at present one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary - has been appointed to succeed Brian Haye...
John Stevens- at present one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Constabulary - has been appointed to succeed Brian Hayes as deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

The queen, on the recommendation of home secretary Jack

Straw, has approved the appointment of Mr Stevens as an assistant

commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. He will be authorised by the

home secretary to deputise for the commissioner.

Mr Stevens will take up his post on 1 May 1998, when Sir Brian

retires.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Mr Stevens, who is 55, joined the Metropolitan Police in 1963,

serving mostly in the CID and including a secondment to the Police

Staff College. During his career he has been commended on 27

occasions for outstanding detective ability or courage.

He transferred to Hampshire Constabulary in 1986 as assistant chief

constable, became deputy chief constable in Cambridgeshire in 1989

but very soon after was selected to carry out a major enquiry in

Northern Ireland into breeches of security by the security forces.

He was appointed as chief constable of Northumbria Police in 1991,

headed the NCIS enquiry into alleged corruption in the use of

interception of communications in 1995.

He holds an honours degree in law, a masters degree in philosophy and

was visiting professor at City University, New York.

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