Kent Po­lice chief Fuller linked with top Met job

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report - by Andy Win­ter awin­ter@thek­m­

KENT Chief Con­sta­ble Mike Fuller is be­lieved to be among the con­tenders to suc­ceed Metropoli­tan Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Sir Ian Blair.

Mr Fuller could be on the short­list for the post as the UK’s most se­nior po­lice­man, but he has re­fused to com­ment on the spec­u­la­tion af­ter the shock res­ig­na­tion of Sir Ian last Thurs­day.

In a state­ment, Mr Fuller said he was “sorry to hear of Sir Ian’s res­ig­na­tion” but added that it would be “to­tally in­ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment or be drawn into any spec­u­la­tion” as to whether he would put him­self for­ward for the post.

Mr Fuller joined Kent Po­lice as Chief Con­sta­ble in Jan­uary 2004, but started his ca­reer with the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser­vice as a cadet in 1975.

He has served in uni­formed and CID po­si­tions through­out Lon­don, in­clud­ing New Scot­land Yard.

His achieve­ments in­cluded, as a Det Ch Insp, de­vis­ing a bur­glary con­trol pro­gramme which formed the ba­sis for the Metropoli­tan Po­lice an­tibur­glary ini­tia­tive, Op­er­a­tion Bum­ble­bee.

Later, as a Det Supt based in the Home Of­fice, he worked as staff of­fi­cer spe­cial­is­ing in giv­ing ad­vice and car­ry­ing out in­spec­tions in crime and counter-ter­ror­ism.

In 2001 he won the G2 Man of the Year Award in recog­ni­tion of his per­sonal achieve­ments and con­tri­bu­tion to polic­ing in Lon­don. He was awarded the Queen’s Po­lice Medal for dis­tin­guished ser­vice in July 2004.

Mr Fuller is a non-prac­tis­ing bar­ris­ter and was called to the Bar at Lin­coln’s Inn in July 2007.

Pic­ture: Nick John­son pd1479974

Chief Con­sta­ble Mike Fuller

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