The Chief Constable of Cumbria Police was appointed to the job by Her Majesty the Queen.
The Home Secretary made her recommendation to the Palace after conducting the final interview alongside London Mayor Boris Johnson and Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe.
Mr Mackey has a 27-year career in the police, serving across the country. He has been Chief Constable in Cumbria since 2007.
Home Secretary Theresa May said: ‘I am delighted to announce the appointment of Craig Mackey as the new deputy commissioner.
‘It has been a period of big change for the Metropolitan Police, but this decision completes a very strong team at the head of the country’s biggest force.
‘He brings a wealth of experience to one of the most challenging jobs in policing.’
As well as the final panel of the Home Secretary, the Mayor and the Commissioner, Mr Mackey was also interviewed by a Home Office panel and the metropolitan police authority.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘Craig Mackey has a strong track record in public order and will bring a new dynamism to the role of deputy commissioner.
‘We have an exciting year ahead, with major operations tackling gangs and serious youth violence, plus the challenge of policing the Olympic Games.
‘I’m sure Craig Mackey will prove to be a real asset in driving the Met from strength to strength in 2012.’
Metropolitan police service commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said: ‘I am looking forward to working with Craig, he has a strong record as Chief Constable in Cumbria during some very testing times, his experience as the ACPO lead and the race equality portfolio, which includes stop and search and the monitoring of police powers, mean he has experience across the board.
‘I have no doubt on his ability to help us deliver world class policing that Londoners can be proud of. ‘
Notes to editors
1.The Home Secretary made her recommendation to Her Majesty the Queen following an open competition for the selection of the new Deputy Commissioner and having regard to the recommendations made to her by the Metropolitan Police Authority and representations from the Commissioner.
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3.Craig Mackey biography:
Craig Mackey joined the Police Service in 1984 having previously been in the Merchant Navy. His initial police service was spent in Wiltshire where he held a variety of operational roles and commands. He also served as a staff officer at Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary completing specialist and thematic inspections.
In November 2001, he joined Gloucestershire Constabulary as Assistant Chief Constable. He was the Gold Commander for the terrorism operation in Gloucester that resulted in the arrest of the second shoe bomber, Sajid Badat, and led the policing of the annual Gold Cup and the Royal International Air Tattoo.
In 2005 he was appointed a Deputy Chief Constable where he worked on the development of joint, Fire, Police and Ambulance, emergency services control rooms in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
In September 2007 he was appointed Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary.
For the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) he is the national lead on Race and the use of Stop & Search.
He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s Honours of 2009.
He was born 26 August 1962 (age 49). Married with one daughter.