Neil Basu has been appointed as the new Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police Service responsible for leading on counter-terrorism policing nationally. Basu will take over the reins from Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley as head of the Met’s Specialist Operations when Rowley retires later this month. Currently, Basu is the Senior National Co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing and Rowley’s deputy, a position which he has held at Scotland Yard since October 2016.
Commenting on Basu’s appointment, Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Neil is joining our senior team. He takes on a job that’s of enormous importance and responsibility leading counter-terrorism policing nationally and here in London. He’s 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 in his role as senior national co-ordinator for countering terrorism and has proven how good his judgement and resilience is in the real world. Neil’s a leader of courage, compassion and integrity and I know he will do a great job.”
On his new appointment, Basu stated: “It’s a privilege to be asked to join the management Board of the Metropolitan Police Service and to lead on counter-terrorism policing at such a point in our history. It’s both a challenge and a duty that I accept with humility and a sense of great purpose. I will lead to the very best of my ability the most extraordinary group of people I have ever worked with as they strive night and day to counter terrorism.”
Policing response to terrorism
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 Co-ordinator for counter-terrorism on 17 October 2016, with overall responsibility for delivering the police response to pursuing terrorists and the Prevent strategy.
Prior to that, Basu had worked as a detective in all ranks up to the level of Detective Superintendent and 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 Met.
Basu will officially take over as Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations on Wednesday 21 March.
A recruitment campaign will be launched later this month to fill Basu’s current role as Senior National Co-ordinator. In the interim period, Commander Dean Haydon, head of the Met’s Counter-Terrorism Command (SO15), will undertake this role as temporary Deputy Assistant Commissioner and Senior National Co-ordinator. Clarke Jarrett will assume the role of Commander for SO15 on a temporary basis.