Sheffield-born top cop could have contract extended

New Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe is seen outside New Scotland Yard, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 12, 2011. The no-nonsense former Merseyside Police chief was parachuted in to his current role as Acting Deputy Commissioner after former commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and former assistant commissioner John Yates quit in quick succession. See PA story POLICE Commissioner. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
New Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe is seen outside New Scotland Yard, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 12, 2011. The no-nonsense former Merseyside Police chief was parachuted in to his current role as Acting Deputy Commissioner after former commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and former assistant commissioner John Yates quit in quick succession. See PA story POLICE Commissioner. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

London Mayor Boris Johnson has recommended that Britain’s most senior police officer, Sheffield-born Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, should be given another year in his post.

Mr Johnson is understood to have proposed a one-year extension to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s contract to Home Secretary Theresa May.

Sir Bernard’s five-year contract is due to expire in September.

Legislation allows for an initial extension of up to three years, which can then be followed by unlimited one-year extensions.

Mr Hogan-Howe was brought up in Ecclesfield, attended Hinde House School in Wincobank and joined South Yorkshire Police in 1979.

He worked his way up the ranks and became a Superintendent in August 1993 before moving to Merseyside Police in August 1997 as Chief Constable.

Mr Hogan-Howe joined South Yorkshire Police at the age of 22 and worked as a uniformed bobby on the streets, in CID, traffic and personnel.

He policed Doncaster during the miners’ strikes.