Top Asian cop gets counter-terror job

Neil Basu
LEADER: Neil Basu


A SENIOR Metropolitan Police officer of Indian origin has been promoted to be the UK’s counter-terrorism chief.  

Neil Basu, 49, currently a deputy assistant commissioner at the Met Police, will be the new assistant commis­sioner for specialist operations, according to a statement on Monday (5).  

He is the first officer of Asian descent to be appointed to the role and will take charge of his new post on March 21, re­placing Mark Rowley.  

Met police commissioner Cressida Dick said: “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 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.”  

Basu said: “It is both a challenge and a duty that I accept with humility and a sense of great purpose.”  

He is an experienced police officer having served as deputy assistant commissioner since 2015, when he was the lead on protection and security, including royalty and specialist protection, parliamentary and diplomatic protection aviation policing, and protective security operations.  

Basu took up his current role as senior national coordinator for counter terrorism in October 2016.  

He was previously a detective superintendent in areas such as anti-corruption and homicide for Trident within the Serious and Organised Crime Command. He has also held the posts of area commander for south-east London and head of armed policing within the Met.  

Home secretary Amber Rudd welcomed the ap­pointment. She said: “I look forward to working with Neil as we make sure we have a broad and comprehensive response to terrorism which keeps pace with, and ultimately reduc­es, the threat.”  

London mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted after the news: “Neil Basu has my utmost support as he takes on one of the toughest jobs in policing.”