Helen Ball has been promoted to Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police Service by newly-installed Commissioner Cressida Dick and will now lead the Met’s Professionalism portfolio.
Assistant Commissioner Ball’s responsibilities will include management of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Directorate of Professional Standards, the Inquiry and Review Support Group, the Specialist Crime Review Group, operational support services and training.
Helen Ball began her policing career with the Met back in 1987, undertaking various uniform and detective roles. She was promoted to Commander of the Operational Command Unit in 2007. Three years later, Ball joined Thames Valley Police as Assistant Chief Constable, re-joining the Met in 2012 in the role of Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Territorial Policing.
In 2013, Ball became the Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter-Terrorism Policing ahead of a secondment to the College of Policing in October 2016 as strategic leadership advisor.
A formal start date for the new Assistant Commissioner will be confirmed shortly.
Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Cressida Dick commented: “I’m delighted to appoint Helen Ball as our new Assistant Commissioner for Professionalism. Helen has enormous experience of working not just in this organisation, but across policing in general. Her input and expertise will be invaluable as we seek to transform and provide the best service for Londoners, while striving to ensure that our officers and staff are as well led and supported as possible. We’re really looking forward to welcoming Helen back to the Met. The field of candidates for this role was very strong, and I’m grateful to all of the applicants who were a part of the process.”