Christopher Greany appointed to lead National Police Co-ordination Centre

Posted On 01 Sep 2014
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Commander Christopher Greany has been appointed to lead the National Police Co-ordination Centre (NPoCC). Greany (pictured) joins the NPoCC from his previous role as national co-ordinator for domestic extremism. He led the large-scale review and restructure of the National Domestic Extremism Unit and created the National Domestic Extremism and Disorder Intelligence Unit. Greany began his career 27 years ago in the Metropolitan Police Service and has also worked for the City of London Police. He has spent much of that time in counter-terrorism, intelligence, investigations and security. On taking up his appointment, Commander Greany said:” I’m looking forward to building on the great work carried out by my predecessor ACC Stuart Williams and the team. I’m keen to develop the NPoCC as the ‘Go To’ place for chief constables when they need national support, whether in times of crisis or for big national events such as the recent NATO Summit.” Sir Hugh Orde, the President of ACPO, commented:” I’m delighted to welcome Chris to the team and to his important new role. Co-ordinating police assets on a national scale is vital to ensure the service can respond effectively in times of need. The NPoCC has done some first rate work with forces and chief constables across the UK to support the policing of big national events like the NATO Summit and the Commonwealth Games. I’ve no doubt Chris will continue the good work of his predecessor, ACC Stuart Williams, and take the unit from strength to strength.” The NPoCC is a new unit opened last year by (then) policing minister Damian Green MP and overseen by ACPO President Sir Hugh Orde. The NPoCC team co-ordinates police officers and staff from across UK policing, ensuring the right people are in the right place at the right time. The NPoCC team is also tasked with mapping the specialist police skills available across the country such that chief constables are aware of what skills are available both regionally and nationally. This work will allow the police service to make the best and most efficient use of its specialist resources while policing budgets reduce. In more detail, the key functions for the NPoCC are to: ‘

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