Kent Police chief Fuller linked with top Met job
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.
Chief Constable Mike Fuller