Having served as interim Deputy Commissioner since September 2022, the Met has confirmed that Dame Lynne Owens has been appointed to the post on a permanent basis.
Dame Lynne has spent more than 32 years working in policing and national security where she led the National Crime Agency. She joins Met Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley and the senior leadership team as they seek to deliver the Turnaround Plan that was published in draft last month.
Responding to Dame Lynne’s appointment, Sir Mark called her an exceptional leader. “The breadth of skills and experience that Dame Lynne Owens brings to the role of Deputy Commissioner are unrivalled. I am grateful that she stepped forward to work with me on leading the Met towards reform at this most difficult time.”
Dame Lynne added, “I am pleased to return to policing to support Sir Mark, the wider leadership team and the hardworking officers, staff and volunteers of the Met in protecting and serving all of London’s communities. Our mission is clear and will continue to evolve as we listen to all. Now is the time to focus on delivering it. We should rightly be judged by our actions not our words.”
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