Paul Lincoln has been appointed as the new Director General for the Crime and Policing Group at the Home Office. Lincoln replaces Mary Calam, who’s leaving Government after a 25-year career in the civil service to take up an opportunity within the private sector.
Lincoln will begin his new role in May. He’ll be accountable for protecting the public from crime, modernising law enforcement capabilities, reforming and regulating policing and incorporating the Home Office’s new responsibilities for Fire and Rescue Services.
Previously director of national security in the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) at the Home Office, Lincoln was acting Director General of the OSCT from December 2015 through until March this year. Prior to joining the Home Office, he spent most of his career in the Ministry of Defence.
Speaking about the news, Home Secretary Theresa May said: “My thanks to Mary Calam for everything she has done both here at the Home Office and across her public sector career. I now look forward to working with Paul as we continue to keep citizens safe, cut crime and reform police and Fire and Rescue Services to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.”
Permanent Secretary Mark Sedwill added: “I’d like to congratulate Paul on his appointment. Having worked closely with him over the last few years, I know he will do a great job in this critically important role. I’d also like to thank Mary Calam for her contribution to the work of the Home Office, most recently as Director General of the Crime and Policing Group whereby Mary played a vital role in overseeing a continuing fall in crime levels while delivering on a major programme of police reform. We wish her every success in her new role.”
Commenting on his appointment, Paul Lincoln stated: “I’m extremely excited to be taking on the challenge of leading the Crime and Policing Group, and look forward to working with colleagues across Government, the police and the Fire and Rescue Services to continue to cut crime and protect the public.”