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