(ANSA) – LONDON, JUL 08 – Sir Mark Rowley, 57, a long-time official and terrorist expert, is the new commander of Scotland Yard (or Metropolitan Police), the main British police department that oversees security in the sprawling London metropolitan area and coordinates the response to the terrorist threat across the UK. Rowley was appointed by Priti Patel, Interior Minister of the Tory government of the outgoing premier Boris Johnson, in agreement with the Labor mayor of the capital, Sadiq Khan, to revive the body after the wave of scandals over discrimination, sexism. , cover-up, negligence and the involvement of policemen in sensational criminal events that in recent times have heavily compromised its reputation before public opinion.
Rowley made a career in the Surrey Police, then rose to the top of Scotland Yard itself to the post of Deputy Commander General and Head of Counterterrorism.
Position from which he finally resigned 4 years ago, giving up the uniform and converting himself to the activity of analyst and essayist, when on the occasion of the previous choice of number 1 he was preferred by Cressida Dick: first female commander (as well as declared homosexual) in the history of the Met Police. Dick then resigned in recent months, not without controversy, after being accused of not having been able to extricate herself from scandals and shortcomings in the department, nor to indicate a reform plan deemed acceptable by the political control bodies. You are accusations sustained in particular by the mayor Khan, who even at the beginning had supported dame Cressida with a drawn sword. Both Minister Patel and Khan himself, in two parallel announcements today pointed to Rowley as “the best choice” to guarantee Scotland Yard “the leadership necessary to face a time of great challenges” and changes, underlining that they have fully agreed harmony on the opportunity to call him back into service. (HANDLE).