He spoke to the meeting about his priorities for the Met, the challenges of the recession and the changes that he plans to make. It was clear that Sir Paul's brand of front line first, no nonsense policing was exactly what the audience wanted to hear.
Questions from the floor covered everything from the number and distribution of police stations to the effect on UK policing of the Lisbon Treaty. I don't even get questions that diverse!
Pictured are (left to right) Howard Clarke (Chairman of the BCEF), Sir Paul Stephenson, me, Chief Sup. Charles Griggs (Borough Commander).