Neil Basu made new lead for counter terrorism policing

Neil Basu has been appointed as the new Assistant Commissioner responsible for leading counter terrorism policing, replacing Mark Rowley when he retires at the end of the month.

Basu, who is currently the Senior National Coordinator for counter terrorism policing and Rowley’s deputy, will take over the role on 21 March having previously held roles as a detective in all ranks to detective superintendent in a range of areas including anti-corruption and homicide for Trident within the Serious and Organised Crime Command.

Basu said: “It is a privilege to be asked to join the management board of the Met and to lead for CT policing at such a point in our history. It is both a challenge and a duty that I accept with humility and a sense of great purpose. I will lead to the best of my ability, the most extraordinary people I have ever worked with as they work night and day to counter terrorism.”

Cressida Dick, commissioner of the Met, commented: “I am delighted that Neil is joining our senior team. He takes on a job of enormous importance and responsibility leading counter terrorism policing nationally and in London and is a worthy successor to Mark Rowley. Neil has the skills, experience and character we need. He has already undertaken some of the toughest jobs in policing, not least in the last year as senior national coordinator countering terrorism and has proven how good his judgment and resilience is. He is a leader of courage, compassion and integrity and I know he will do a great job.”

In the interim, Commander Dean Haydon, who is the head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) will undertake the role as temporary Deputy Assistant Commissioner and Senior National Coordinator.

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