Deputy Commissioner announces retirement

Tim Godwin
Tim Godwin

Deputy Commissioner Tim Godwin has announced that he will retire from the Metropolitan Police Service after more than 30 years service

He will be leaving the MPS in the New Year to take up a new role in the private sector.

Tim Godwin joined the Metropolitan Police from Sussex Police in 1999 as a Commander and has since been promoted through the ranks to his current position as Deputy Commissioner.

He is the national police lead on criminal justice issues – driving up standards, efficiency, and effectiveness, and reforming systems through the introduction of virtual courts, quicker justice and reduced bureaucracy.

He has been highly innovative in his approach to policing, commitment to victim care and youth diversion. This has included improvements in the way mobile phone crime, street crime, and neighbourhood policing are approached and instigating lasting partnerships with the Premier League and Rugby Football Union that have led to tens of thousands of young people participating in diversion projects.

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said: “Tim Godwin is an exceptional police officer. One of the best of his generation. He has successfully led the Metropolitan Police over the last year through some exceptional challenges.

“I am personally sorry to lose the Deputy Commissioner – a man of integrity, intellect and humility. I know the officers and staff of the Metropolitan Police will lose a man they love a great deal.”

The Mayor, Boris Johnson, said: “Tim Godwin has been a devoted public servant, constantly striving to make London a safer and better city. His commitment, calm and professionalism are an example to all. I will always be grateful to him for his advice and action, not least last summer when his faith in common sense traditional British policing was vindicated, the streets reclaimed and public confidence restored. I wish him well in his future career.”

Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, Kit Malthouse, said: “There are many who pursued criminals with the same doggedness at Tim Godwin, but few with the flair and creativity. Always imaginative, often audacious, consistently successful, Tim has spent three decades dedicated to the safety of others and the apprehension of the villain. His obvious relish for the mission made him as popular in the squad room as he was on the street and we are lucky that he chose London to do his best work. We wish him well in his new career and thank him for leaving the capital a much safer place than he found it. “

ACPO president Sir Hugh Orde said: “Tim Godwin has made an outstanding contribution to policing, working tirelessly not just for the Metropolitan Police but for the whole police service. He made an immense contribution to keeping London safe, not just over recent months as Acting Commissioner, when it was a pleasure to work alongside him in dealing with the summer riots, but across many years in territorial policing, where he drove through neighbourhood teams and cut crime.

“His has also been an influential and authoritative voice in national policing, where he took a lead role through ACPO in reforms to criminal justice. In that role he was relentlessly focussed on securing a more efficient and effective criminal justice system which better serves the needs of victims and the public. He was also a great innovator, pushing for streamlined charging and case preparation and exploiting technology to reduce police officer time spent in courts, for example through virtual courts.

“His decision to move on to the private sector will be a great loss to the service. He leaves behind an exceptional legacy of lasting reforms which secured better policing for the public.”

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