Strathclyde Drafts in Gang Crime Expert to Head Force; New Chief Constable: Steve House
Byline: Simon Johnson
A SENIOR police officer who took on Londons underworld bosses has beenappointed head of Scotlands biggest force.
Steve House was named yesterday as the next chief constable of StrathclydePolice amid promises he will bring a radical new approach.
He is currently assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, where heheads one of the big three units covering street gangs, organised crime andmurder investigations.
His name hit the headlines two years ago when he headed a probe into ScotlandYards shoot-to-kill policy, which allows armed officers to target offendersholding a knife or gun to a victims head.
The review was carried out in the wake of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezesbeing shot dead at Stockwell tube station in South London by officers whobelieved he was a suicide bomber.
Controversially, Mr House backed the powers and recommended they be extended toallow police to shoot without warning suspects in domestic violence, stalkingand kidnapping cases. Most recently, in July, Met Police commissioner Sir IanBlair and Mr House discussed investigating the BBC for fraud over the fakecompetitions scandal.
But it was Mr Houses experience tackling the underworld, murder and youth gangsthat helped him secure the [pounds sterling]161,000-a-year Strathclyde job, despite neverserving in Scotland before.
Glasgow councillor Paul Rooney, chairman of Strathclyde Police, said:Everything we are undertaking in Glasgow and Strathclyde, all the c u r r e n ta n d e m e r g i n g problems, Mr House has experience of.
W h a t we w e r e r e a l l y impressed by was his fresh approach. Hes alreadyidentified areas which need improving and has many ideas.
Hes radical. He will be something different. …