Find out about our Chief Officers.
Ben-Julian - or ‘BJ’ - started his policing career when he joined the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 1990 as a police constable in the then Chingford and Walthamstow areas of North East London.
BJ moved then to the first of a number of postings to the Territorial Support Group (TSG), working at Caledonian Road and then North Finchley bases. In this role he developed his interest in public order and event policing, as well as gaining policing experience across London in both uniform and plain clothes.
On promotion to sergeant in 1996, BJ moved to Tottenham Division, firstly leading a uniform team and then specialising as neighbourhood team sergeant for Tottenham High Road and the Broadwater Farm Estate. Through this period he gained an important understanding of the critical role of community policing, both in building community confidence as well as fighting crime.
In 1999 BJ returned to the TSG at Finchley and, for the next four years, served across a range of duties, leading uniform and crime operations as well as being involved in significant and varied public order duties. Within this period he was promoted to inspector and ran one of the TSG units, finishing up as the acting chief inspector.
Following his stint with the TSG, BJ was promoted to chief inspector, taking up the operations role at Paddington Green within the City of Westminster. As well as leading response policing for this busy area of central London, he also had responsibility for the Secure Counter Terrorist Custody suite. BJ qualified as an advanced public order commander and was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Police Leadership from Leicester University during this period.
In 2006 BJ was promoted to superintendent and moved to Lewisham in South East London in the operations role. Here he led community and response policing and oversaw the implementation of Safer Neighbourhood Teams as well as the policing of Millwall Football Club. He developed key multi-agency partnerships and joint tasking across a range of issues, including licensing, crime prevention and drug and alcohol intervention.
Whilst at Lewisham, BJ also took over leading the Criminal Investigation Department alongside his operations function. This provided him with valuable insight into more complex crime investigations and the opportunity to integrate these often separate areas of work. It was also during this period that he graduated as part of the Cabinet Office Leaders UK senior public service leadership programme.
Leaving Lewisham, BJ moved to become chief superintendent in charge of the Met’s three command and control centres, bringing about significant change and consolidation of new operating systems. He continued as a public order commander at events such as Notting Hill Carnival and, within this, led the MPS-wide review into stop and search.
In the summer of 2012, BJ worked as one of the Silver commanders for the London Olympics and, from there, was seconded to the MPS One Met Model change team. In this role, working to the Deputy Assistant Commissioner in Specialist Crime and Operations, he led the development and change of Pan London Policing operations and Specialist Crime.
In 2013, he was appointed the Borough Commander for Camden in North London, leading the policing of one of London’s busiest areas with a significant night-time economy and also a very diverse community. Within this role he supported the implementation of the first Safer Neighbourhood Board and the increase of Volunteer Policing Cadets from a handful to over 100 young people.
BJ completed the Strategic Command Course in 2014 and, in October 2014, was promoted to Area Commander for North London. In June 2015 he was given responsibility for public order and operations policing across London.
On 4th October 2018 BJ took up the role of Chief Constable following 18 months as Deputy Chief seconded from Met Police. With responsibility to lead a force of over five and a half thousand officer’s staff and volunteers policing a large and diverse county. With one of the largest coast lines and geographic areas of any English county, large rural spaces and busy urban areas Essex poses many diverse challenges for modern policing.
BJ is the Public Order lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council and is chair of Essex Resilience Forum on behalf of multi agency partners and involved in partnership and collaboration with a variety of other forces and statutory bodies.
Throughout his senior career, BJ has led some high-profile and sensitive operations, including Gold Commander for State visits, large-scale public disorder and ceremonial events.
BJ is married to a serving officer and has two daughters.
Assistant Chief Constable Serious Crime Directorate for Kent Police and Essex Police - Tim Smith.
Tim Smith has over 28 years police service all served within Kent and Essex Police, with the exception of a short secondment to South Australia Police in 2009. Tim has served in uniform local policing roles; however the majority of his service has been in detective roles both in local policing and specialist roles including Major Crime, Serious and Organised Crime, Public Protection and Special Branch. Tim is also an accredited and experienced Senior Firearms Commander.
Tim’s current role is Assistant Chief Constable in command of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate. Prior to this, Tim’s most recent role was Divisional Commander for North Kent, a division encompassing the main urban areas of Kent bordering London. Tim has led complex and large scale investigations, most notably in 2006 he was one of the SIOs for the Securitas robbery, the largest ever peacetime cash robbery, where he led the day to day enquires including covert investigations for some 8 months. More recently Tim has led an EU funded project to roll out internet child protection tools to all 28 EU member states, as well as several other countries around the world. Tim has a passion for criminal investigation and previously performed the role of Head of Crime for the force, during which time he helped develop the current policing model aimed at improving the force’s response to vulnerable people.
Tim is married with two adult children and lives in East Kent. He enjoys most sports, though does a lot more watching than playing these days. He is a devoted fan of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
Rachel joined Essex Police in 1998 where she worked at Canvey Island and Rayleigh, before becoming a Sergeant there working at Benfleet and Rochford. She then spent a year as part of the neighbourhood policing project team, delivering a different approach to policing local communities. Rachel has mainly worked on uniform based roles since. In 2006 she was supported by local Rotary Clubs to spend time in South Africa and Lesotho learning about cultural differences and diversity in policing.
Rachel was promoted to Inspector in 2006 as the Staff officer to the Chief Constable and was then Inspector at Tilbury in 2007.
In late 2008 Rachel was promoted to Chief Inspector and spent six very enjoyable years at that rank taking up roles as District Commander at Thurrock, Basildon and lead for Roads Policing and the Dog section.
As Criminal Justice Command Superintendent between 2014 to 2016, Rachel developed wider partnership working and change management skills.
In 2016 Rachel was promoted to Operational Policing Command as Chief Superintendent where she led various high-profile operations, including the first visit of the US President to the UK. During this period Rachel helped to develop the Seven Force firearms training collaboration and led regional Roads Policing coordination as well as UAV training and operational initiatives with Essex Fire and Rescue.
Between September 2018 and January 2020 Rachel was seconded to the National Police Coordination Centre (NPoCC) where she coordinated the operational policing response to Brexit preparations on behalf of NPCC leads, as well as developing the role of NPoCC to better support UK policing.
Rachel completed the Strategic Command Course in 2020, passing with distinction, before being successful in her application as Assistant Chief Constable (Local Policing and Crime & Public Protection) in April 2020.
Rachel is a Gold Commander for public order and CBRN and is a strategic firearms commander.
Rachel has a BA (Hons) degree in English, Physical Education and Sports Science from Loughborough University.
In her spare time Rachel and her husband Paul, (a firearms instructor, also in Essex Police) are refurbishing their “dusty old farmhouse” and she also enjoy walking holidays, reading and improving her skiing. Rachel has run the London Marathon four times and is keen on all types of sport.
An economics and politics graduate, Mark Gilmartin has a Masters Degree and has previously worked for the Post Office and as a researcher in local government. He is professionally qualified in project management, programme management and management of risk. In 2010 he became a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Mr Gilmartin was with Lancashire Police for more than 10 years, working in a variety of finance, IT and performance roles, before moving to the Audit Commission as a senior specialist on policing and criminal justice.
Joining Kent Police in October 2000, Mr Gilmartin was instrumental in preparing the force’s successful bid in response to the government’s 'Closing the Gap' proposals for police restructuring before joining Kent Police Authority as the Chief Executive, in April 2006.
He has been one of the key architects of the successful Kent and Essex collaboration programme which won a national value for money award in 2010.
Mr Gilmartin transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service as Director of Operational Resourcing where he had responsibility for a revenue budget in excess of £1.36 billion and more than 30,000 officers and staff.
In February 2012 Mr Gilmartin took up his current post of Director of Kent and Essex Support Services and is responsible for Finance, HR, Transport, Property, Procurement and Business Service Centre across both forces.
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- the delivery of learning and development
- recruitment and people resourcing
- operational and strategic human resources delivery
- occupational health services
- talent management and people development
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