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A day in the life of the Commissioner
Unless I have an early morning meeting or am taking part in a breakfast radio show, I am usually at my desk at New Scotland Yard at 7.30am each morning. This allows time to deal with the many letters and emails I receive and prepare for the day ahead. I sometimes eat breakfast in the canteen, when any member of the organization can come and talk to me about any problems they are having or their ideas as to how we may do better.
Three mornings a week I sit down with my Senior Management Team to look back at what has happened over the last 24 or 48 hours - and also look forward to what is coming up. This might include murders, gang crime, missing persons as well as good news stories where we have caught criminals or they have been found guilty at court.
With 50,000 people in the Metropolitan Police there is a lot of tasking people with jobs so I rely on people to be clear about what needs to be done. In some ways this is like when your teacher tells you what work you are going to do each day. Some parts we enjoy and some parts are very challenging. We are a massive team and my job is to make sure the team all works together to serve the communities of London to the best of our ability.
From about 9.30 am every day I am busy with meetings until 5pm or 6pm. These meetings maybe with politicians, journalists, senior officers from other police forces both in this country and overseas and our many partners with whom we need to work with, including church and community leaders. I regularly meet with Mayor of London and also the Home Secretary.
About three times a week I attend evening functions, where I am invited to speak or as just as a guest. Sometimes I attend State Banquets at Buckingham Palace hosted by The Queen. This is a real thrill and something I never dreamt would happen to me as I grew up as a boy in Sheffield.
One evening a week I like to play five a side football and hopefully score a few goals.
Why I wanted to be a police officer
I did not always want to be a police officer but I am really glad I did. I think for most of us we change ideas as we grow up. That is normal and I am sure your plans will change as you get older.
I didn’t decide to become a Police Officer until I was 22 years old. I wanted a job that gave me variety, something different every day. I liked the idea of stopping bullies. Criminals are bullies and need stopping and punishing but also help and encouragement to stop them bullying again.
Leading the biggest police force in the country
I am immensely proud to be Commissioner, leading dedicated, professional and brave officers and staff.
From the early stages of my career as an officer on the beat in Yorkshire I decided that I wanted to become a Chief Constable. Working hard for something and then achieving it is a wonderful feeling, whatever path you chose.
However, we must all continue working hard, learn from what happens every day and always try to improve ourselves. London is the greatest capital City and my ambition is to make the Metropolitan Police the best Police Service in the World. I am confident we will be and I hope that many who read this, from whatever your background, will want to be a part of this wonderful organisation.