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Sir Hugh to hear about Met post

Sir Hugh Orde
Sir Hugh is one of four candidates still in the running for the job

The Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde will learn later this month if he is to become the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

Sir Hugh is one of four candidates still in the running for what is seen as the top job in day-to-day policing in the United Kingdom.

Sir Hugh began his career in policing with the Met in 1977, and rose to the rank of deputy assistant commissioner.

He was made chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in 2002.

The other three candidates are the Met's acting commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson, the chief constable of West Midlands Sir Paul Scott-Lee, and Merseyside chief constable Bernard Hogan-Howe.

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