Students at an academy in west London had the privilege of welcoming the Metropolitan Police commissioner to their school.
Dozens of pupils at Rivers Academy West London, in Feltham, were delighted to meet the top cop who gave up his afternoon to give a motivational talk to the group.
Mr Hogan-Howe told them about his upbringing and how he went from being an ordinary police officer and moved up the ranks to his current post as the highest officer in the country.
The visit took place on June 4 and was voluntarily attended by students after the school day finished.
He explained the varied career paths people can take within the police force and what qualities and skills they look for in potential candidates.
Following his speech, there was a Q&A session with students who also had the chance to pose for photographs and get signed autographs.
Principal Paula Kenning said: "Rivers Academy staff and students were fascinated to hear from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe.
"This was a great honour for the academy and we were all fascinated by his insights.
"He gave inspiration to a good number of our young people who are considering a career in the police force and other front-line professions."