Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills began her policing career in the Metropolitan Police Service in 1996. As a constable she was based in Westminster, both on response team and within the CID.
Following a 3-year career break, she was promoted to Sergeant in 2004 and worked on response team in Redbridge in East London. She was selected for the High Potential Development Scheme in 2006 and was promoted to Inspector in 2007, serving at both Hackney and Waltham Forest as Duty Officer and Prevent lead.
Following promotion to Chief Inspector at Hackney where she led the Operations portfolio and Criminal Justice, she became the staff officer to Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens, qualifying as an Advanced Public Order Commander during that time.
As a Superintendent she was part of the command teams for the Royal Wedding, Queens Diamond Jubilee and held the role of Bronze Reserves during the London Olympics. She also led the change team that designed the Metropolitan Police’s new operating model. She implemented this change in approach to Local Policing when she returned to Waltham Forest as the lead for Investigations and Neighbourhoods.
Promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2014, Pippa oversaw significant change within the Met’s Command and Control function, introducing new ways of working that improved the service offered to the public whilst realising significant efficiencies. She is a keen advocate of Lean methodology, utilising a Lean Startup approach to establish a Digital Contact Centre. Passionate about the development of others, Pippa has coached and mentored colleagues throughout her career.
Having completed the Strategic Command Course in 2017, Pippa returned briefly to the Metropolitan Police as a Temporary Commander responsible for Covert Policing and intelligence before joining Essex Police in May as the Assistant Chief Constable responsible for Operational Policing Command, Criminal Justice & Offender Management Command and the Force Control Room.
Pippa was born and bred in Essex and outside work enjoys spending time with her teenage sons, pursuing hobbies that include travel, baking, dog walking and going for long bike rides.