Dean Haydon appointed as Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter-Terrorism Policing

Dean Haydon

Dean Haydon

Deputy Assistant Commissioner (DAC) Dean Haydon has been appointed as the new Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter-Terrorism Policing. DAC Haydon has been appointed as the permanent successor to Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, who himself took over as head of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Specialist Operations back in March.

Prior to his appointment, DAC Haydon was head of the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command, having been appointed to the role at the end of 2015. He led the Counter-Terrorism Command through unprecedented levels of demand, including the response and investigations into the terrorist attacks that took place in London last year.

DAC Haydon has over 30 years’ experience as a police officer and previously worked as the Commander for Specialist Crime Investigations and Serious and Organised Crime, as well as being head of the Met’s Trident Gang Crime Command.

Neil Basu

Neil Basu

Commenting on DAC Haydon’s appointment, Neil Basu said: “I’m delighted to announce that Dean Haydon has been appointed as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner and Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter-Terrorism Policing and offer my congratulations to him. Dean is one of the most experienced senior detectives in UK counter-terrorism and major crime. He brings a wealth of operational and strategic wisdom to the role which, from personal experience, I know is one of policing’s most demanding. His appointment will provide Counter-Terrorism Policing with the stability needed to continue its work following the unprecedented year we experienced in 2017. I look forward to working closely with him on this.”

DAC Haydon responded: “I feel extremely privileged to have been asked to carry out the role of Senior National Co-ordinator for Counter-Terrorism Policing. There’s a fantastic group of extremely dedicated, skilled and professional officers and staff working across the counter-terrorism network in the UK and I very much look forward to working with them to counter the threat we face from terrorism.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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