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Stephen Kavanagh QPM - Chief Constable

Stephen KavanaghStephen 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' processes.

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 bombings.

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 teams.

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).

In 2018, Stephen was recognised with a QPM (Queen’s Police Medal) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

He is married with a 13 year old son and an unhinged border collie.

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