Mertonian and Honorary Fellow Sir Bernard Hogan Howe (1988) has been made a Life Peer; he takes the title Baron Hogan-Howe of Sheffield and will sit as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords.
Sir Bernard, who took an MA in Jurisprudence at Merton before gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Criminology from Cambridge and an MBA from Sheffield, was elected an Honorary Fellow of the College in 2013.
Bernard Hogan-Howe served for six years as Metropolitan Police Commissioner, the UK's most senior police officer. He began his police career in 1979 with South Yorkshire Police and rose through the ranks to become Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, an Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, and one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary. He holds the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service, and was knighted in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to policing. He is a patron of the Police Roll of Honour Trust.