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Ex-Police Scotland chief Stephen House gets top Met job

House resigned from Police Scotland in 2015 after three years as its first chief.

Stephen House: Former chief will rejoin Met in March.
Stephen House: Former chief will rejoin Met in March. SWNS

Former Police Scotland chief constable Sir Stephen House has taken a new job at the Met, it has been announced.

House has been appointed assistant commissioner of the London force - the third highest rank with a salary of £191,000 a year.

He resigned from Police Scotland in 2015 after three years as chief amid controversies over armed policing and the deaths of a couple on the M9.

House will be responsible for overhauling the Met's disclosure policies following the high-profile collapse of two rape cases, it is understood.

The Glasgow-born officer, who previously served as assistant commissioner at the Met between 2006 and 2012, said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to return to the Met at such a busy and challenging time.

"I joined the police to serve the public and it is an honour to be able to return to the Met and work as part of a really talented team to protect the public and fight crime in London.

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"London is a fantastic city and deserves world class policing. It is exciting to return to the Met at a time of transformation and to be a part of the effort in delivering that."

House will be one of five assistant commissioners at the Met.

Met commissioner Cressida Dick said: "I'm really pleased to appoint Steve to this role.

"He brings huge operational experience having previously served at senior levels in the Met and been Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police and then Police Scotland.

"He has also led some huge change programmes, most notably bringing together eight forces to form Police Scotland.

"Steve also has a strong track record in tackling violent crime - particularly domestic violence, knife and gang crime - both within the Met and then with huge success in Scotland.

"Having worked with Steve I know he has a passion for policing and public service that will be a great addition to our team."

Phil Gormley, who replaced House as chief constable, resigned last week after it emerged he was the subject of a series of investigations by a policing watchdog.

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