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Met appoints new assistant commissioner for counter terrorism

DAC will fill AC Mark Rowley's position following his retirement announcement
Published - 05/03/2018 By - Sophie Garrod - Police Oracle

Neil Basu has been appointed as the new Assistant Commissioner responsible for leading counter terrorism policing nationally.

DAC Basu will take over from AC Mark Rowley as head of the Met’s Specialist Operations when he retires later this month.

He is currently the senior national coordinator for counter terrorism policing and AC Rowley’s deputy, a position he has held since October 2016.

Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “I am delighted that Neil is joining our senior team. He takes on a job of enormous importance and responsibility leading counter terrorism policing nationally and in London and is a worthy successor to Mark Rowley. Neil has the skills, experience and character we need.

“He has already undertaken some of the toughest jobs in policing, not least in the last year as senior national coordinator countering terrorism and has proven how good his judgment and resilience is. He is a leader of courage, compassion and integrity and I know he will do a great job.”

DAC Basu said: “It is a privilege to be asked to join the management board of the Met and to lead CT policing at such a point in our history. It is both a challenge and a duty that I accept with humility and a sense of great purpose. I will lead to the best of my ability, the most extraordinary people I have ever worked with as they work night and day to counter terrorism.”

He was was promoted to deputy assistant commissioner in 2015 and at that time was posted to lead on protection and security, including Royalty and Specialist Protection, Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Aviation Policing and Protective Security Operations.

DAC Basu took up his current role as senior national coordinator for counter terrorism in October 2016, responsible for delivering the police response to pursuing terrorists and the Prevent strategy.

Prior to that, he has worked as a detective in all ranks to detective superintendent in a range of areas including anti-corruption and homicide for Trident within the Serious and Organised Crime Command. He has also held the posts of area commander for south east London and head of armed policing within the Met.

He will take over as Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations on March 21.

A recruitment campaign will be launched later this month to fill the vacant senior national coordinator role.

In the interim, Commander Dean Haydon, who is the head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) will undertake this role as temporary deputy assistant commissioner and senior national coordinator. Clarke Jarrett will temporarily take on the role of commander for SO15.

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