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21/07/04
Met Chief to Quit
- Stevens to retire after four years as London's top copper

SIR JOHN STEVENS is to give up his job as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to concentrate on the investigation into the death of Princess Diana.

London's top copper is a popular figure with most of the people under his command, despite being the man who introduced the anti-racist measures that have caused unrest among the ranks.

Stevens, now 61, took over as Met chief in 2000, just after the McPherson report identified 'institutional racism' in the London police force
following its botched attempt to solve the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

"That took confidence away from the police service five years ago but we've got that back," said Stevens. After retiring from his main job early next year, Stevens will continue his work on the remaining mysteries surrounding the death of Diana.




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