Ex-Suffolk police chief up for Met job

A FORMER Suffolk police chief last night confirmed he has put himself in the frame to land Scotland Yard's top job.

Craig Robinson

A FORMER Suffolk police chief last night confirmed he has put himself in the frame to land Scotland Yard's top job.

Sir Paul Scott Lee has put his name forward as a contender to replace Sir Ian Blair as commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Sir Paul - who is due to leave his job as Chief Constable at West Midlands Police in April - joined Suffolk Constabulary in 1994 at Deputy Chief Constable.


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In October 1998 he replaced Tony Coe as Chief Constable but left in August 2002 to take up his role in the West Midlands - the biggest force outside of London.

One of his legacies was the instigation of the Suffolk First programme, a framework to make the county the safest in England by 2005.

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Other names also in the frame to succeed Sir Ian include Acting Met Chief Sir Paul Stephenson, Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, Merseyside's top policeman Bernard-Hogan-Howe, Sir Hugh Orde - who holds Ulster's top job - and chief Constable of Kent, Mike Fuller, who could become Britain's first black Met Chief.

There are also two women among the confirmed candidates - Julie Spence, head of Cambridgeshire Police, and former Dorset Chief Constable Jane Stichbury.

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