Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh
Constable Stephen Kavanagh
Stephen started his policing career when he joined the
Metropolitan Police Service in 1985 and was posted as a
constable to Leyton in East London.
On promotion to Detective Sergeant he worked at Plaistow, AMIP
Homicide and the Anti-Terrorist Branch (SO13) in investigative and
forensic management positions.
Later as a Detective Inspector he was a founding member of the
Racial and Violent Crime Task Force where he had a key role in
implementing Community Safety Units, critical incident training for
the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and helped to write
the ACPO Race/Hate Crime Manual which responded to the
recommendations laid out by the Stephen Lawrence inquiry.
In 1998 he took on the role of Homicide Senior Investigating
Officer for East London, developing new working practices and
leading on 50 murder investigations. In 2002 he obtained an M Phil
in Criminology at Wolfson College, Cambridge completing a thesis on
attrition rates in rape cases.
As a Detective Superintendent in 2003 he was appointed Head of
Intelligence in the Anti-Corruption Command and represented the MPS
on the national Anti-Corruption Advisory Group as well as
developing the Covert Finance Manual and 'Corruption Proofing'
In 2005 he was appointed staff officer to the Assistant
Commissioner responsible for Modernisation & Professional
Standards and worked to London Gold following the 7/7 and 21/7
Stephen was promoted to Chief Superintendent and became the Borough
Commander for the London Borough of Barnet where he served for
three years, reducing crime by a third and delivering the highest
sanction detection rates for serious assaults and robberies.
In 2008 he completed the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill and
was promoted to Area Commander for North London. In January 2010 he
was posted as Commander to SO15 Counter Terrorism Command where he
led on developing a clearer performance culture working closely
with the security services in support of local policing
In April 2011 Stephen was promoted to DAC for Territorial Policing
(TP) where he was responsible for crime performance in North
London. He was a driving force behind the TP development program,
Chair of the Confidence and Satisfaction Board and established the
London Muslim Community Forum.
In November 2012 Stephen was appointed DAC for Specialist
Operations responsible for protection and security. He was also
given responsibility for investigations into phone hacking and
ancillary issues (Operations Elveden, Weeting and Tuleta).
He is married with a 13 year old son and an unhinged border