Appointment of new Police Chief Officer

The Minister for Home Affairs is recommending that the States Assembly appoint a new Chief Officer for the States of Jersey Police to replace Mr David Warcup who leaves the Island in December.

Senator Ian Le Marquand will recommend the appointment of Mr Mike Bowron, who is currently the Commissioner for the City of London Police, from 4 January 2011.

Since being appointed Commissioner in 2006, Mr Bowron has overseen a 40% fall in crime and led a restructure of the force. He was Head of Operations for the City's response to the Aldgate underground station following the 7/7 bombings and he was awarded the Queen's Policing Medal in 2007.

In June, Mr Bowron launched the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and he is currently the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) lead on economic crime and business continuity

The Minister for Home Affairs said: "I am delighted to present the States with a very strong candidate for this important post. Mr Bowron is an experienced and dynamic officer. The future holds both opportunities and challenges for the States of Jersey Police Force and I am confident that he is well equipped to meet these.

Mr Bowron joined Sussex Police 1980 and served in a range of uniform roles up to Chief Superintendent level. In 1995 he completed the Strategic Command Course and was appointed as Kent's Assistant Chief Constable (Operations) in 1997. In 2002 he became Assistant Commissioner for the City of London Police and introduced ˜Project Griffin' which was designed to engage the private sector in the defence against terrorism.

Mr Bowron said: "I am absolutely thrilled to be appointed Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police. I'm looking forward to working with a super team. They are a credit to the leadership of David Warcup who will be a hard act to follow. It is a genuine privilege to be offered this post and I undertake to work with and for the people of Jersey to maintain the very highest standards of policing.

Mr Bowron has a keen interest in sport and is a competitive athlete. He has run a sub-3 hour marathon and is the Chairman of Police Sport (UK) Athletics, cross country running and athletics sections.


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