Helen Ball promoted to Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police Service

Metropolitan Police Service Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball

Metropolitan Police Service Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball

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.”

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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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