Dame Lynn Owens will become Interim Deputy Commissioner. of Metropolitan Police and can look for work on a full-time basis, as the force new boss recovering after expiration of senior leaders.
Owens is former director general of National Crime Agency (NCA) who stood down last year after diagnosis with crayfish.
The new Commissioner of the Met, Sir Mark Rowley, welcomed her. six month old meeting and said he sees her key ally in his efforts to reform the largest British force, which was surrounded by scandals.
Purpose of came Owens one day after three senior officers left in force and the Guardian understands more are set move away.
Subway selection of chief assistants former Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick turned on departure of Sir Stephen House, Acting Commissioner. Also announced there were exits of two of five assistant commissioners, Nick Afgrave, who reached final two to be Commissioner, and Helen Ball, who got a job as Assistant Commissioner help her friend Dick.
It is also expected that joining he is another Assistant Commissioner, Neil Basu, former head of anti-terror fighter whom Downing Street objected to being promoted to any top police officer role. it made it clear he opposed any of his attempts to become commissioner of the Met, and when he was chosen as an expert panel like potential new leader of The NCA, Downing Street, canceled the process and retried it.
Owens was considered a strong candidate – some would say the favorite – for the highest office of commissioner of the Met if she had applied after Dick’s resignation in February. Before leading NCA, viewed as a rival to the Met for power and also prestige she was chief constable of Surrey and also assistant commissioner at the Met, where she served during the 2011 riots, when force processing in in run-up as well as aftermath were criticized. Her father this is former chief constable of West Midlands Police, force Rowley started in and both former chief constables in Surrey.
Owens, 53, will become deputy commissioner of the Met. for six months while formal selection the process is underway and she is expected to be considering applying for in role on permanent basis for that she would be the favourite. If 57-year-old Rowley serves five-year term as commissioner, Owens will young enough to be a strong candidate for top job.
The subway is suffering record-break low public confidence strained relationships and distrust with key community, concerns about his ability to fight crime and serve the victims, and was deemed so poor that he was placed in special action by the police.
Owens said of Rowley: “His intention is undoubtedly the right one. one demanding team attempt to resume policing with consent with less crime, higher standards and more trust. I can’t wait to start.”
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who is also police and crime commissioner for capital, said “Dame Lynn brings decades of experienceby her senior roles in Metropolitan Police, Surrey County Police and most recently lead for National Crime Agency. Her knowledge and insight outside The metro will be invaluable in coming months as the Met focuses on change and improvement”.