Neil Basu has been appointed as the new Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, responsible for leading UK Counter Terrorism Policing.
Neil was the Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, a position he held since October 2016, and takes over following Mark Rowley’s retirement.
Commenting on Neil Basu’s appointment, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
“I congratulate Neil on his appointment, welcoming the experience he will bring to the role. I look forward to working with him to keep people across the country safe and ensure we have a broad and comprehensive response to terrorism.
Metropolitan Police 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.”
Neil Basu said:
“It is a privilege to be asked to lead for Counter Terrorism 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.”
Neil Basu 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.
He took up his current role as Senior National Coordinator for counter terrorism on 17 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 Metropolitan Police.