Deputy Commissioner Sir Craig announces retirement
Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Sir Craig Mackey is to retire after more than 30 years’ service.
Commissioner Cressida Dick and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan led the tributes to Sir Craig.
Ms Dick said he was one of the ‘most extraordinary’ senior police leaders of his generation and that he had shown selfless dedication throughout his time in the force.
“His service and dedication deserve huge respect,” she added, “and I was delighted that was recognised through is recent knighthood.
“I would like to express my gratitude to him for the kindness and support he has provided to me.
“He will be truly missed in the Met and in London.”
Mayor Khan thanked Sir Craig on behalf of Londoners.
“I would like to thank Craig for his years of first-rate service and dedication to keeping Londoners safe. It has been a great privilege working with him over the past two years.
"During his time at the Met, Craig has undertaken some of the most challenging and demanding roles with huge determination and fortitude. I wish him all the best for the future,” he said.
Sir Craig, who began his career with Wiltshire Police in 1984, said working in the Met had been a huge privilege.
“I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people throughout my policing career and I know I will miss everyone,” he said.
“Although I am moving on to new adventures, my heart and soul will always be with the men and women of the police service and I will continue to champion and support the incredible work that we do.”
The process to select Sir Craig’s successor will get underway shortly.