Stephen House joined Sussex Police in 1981. Between 1981 and 1988 he served in uniform operational posts in that force and also on transfer in Northamptonshire Police and West Yorkshire Police.
In 1998 he joined Staffordshire Police as an Assistant Chief Constable. He led initially in Territorial Policing and latterly in Crime and Operations.
In 2001 he joined the Metropolitan Police Service as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner.
In 2005 he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal. He was also appointed to Assistant Commissioner, serving first in Central Operations and then in Specialist Crime.
In 2007 he took up post as Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police.
In October 2012 he was appointed Chief Constable of Police Scotland.
In June 2013, he was Knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours in recognition for his services to law and order.
He retired from Police Scotland in December 2015 after nearly 35 years as a police officer. He is currently providing advice and guidance to police agencies in the UK, the U.S. and the EU. He is a non-executive director of the Scottish Police Credit Union.