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Met cancels plans to abolish two ranks

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Chief inspectors and commander posts will still exist beyond 2018.

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Commissioner Cressida Dick has cancelled plans to abolish two ranks in the Met.

Last year Police Oracle revealed the force planned to do away with chief inspector and commander posts in 2018.

But its subsequently-appointed force leader has called a halt to the idea.

A spokesman said “removing two ranks is not the best approach to achieve the outcomes we need”.

Police Oracle also revealed that the force had already spent more than £27,000 on the promotion process for potential future chief inspectors before deciding to drop the ranks – with more than 229 officers having applied.

The force spokesman said: “The commissioner has signalled very clearly that the Met will introduce flatter management structures and that she is increasing the pace of reform.

"However, after extensive consultation, and due to the step-change to our operational context in recent weeks, she has concluded that removing two ranks entirely is not the best approach to achieve the outcomes we need at this time.

“In the coming months we will see flatter leadership structures that empower officers to use discretion and make decisions in different units across the Met.

“We will also continue to work closely with the NPCC lead on reforms to leadership structures and maintain our place at the forefront of this work.”

Reducing the number of ranks in policing was a key recommendation from the College of Policing’s leadership review and the UK’s largest force appeared to be leading the way in implementing it.

Met Fed branch chairman Ken Marsh welcomed the change of heart.

“It wasn’t thought out very well to begin with, now the Commissioner has given it proper thought I think what will happen will be planned far better,” he said.

On the potential for inspectors to gain promotion to chief inspector ranks again, he added: “They were in the process when it stopped, I’m pleased for them and inspectors will now be able to become chief inspectors.”

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