Whitehall Dialogue: Defeating Terrorism through the Rule of Law - Reflections on the British Model of Counter Terrorism Policing

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A presentation by Commander Richard Walton, Head of Counter Terrorism ComCommander Richard Waltonmand (SO15), Metropolitan Police Service.

SO15 has a worldwide reputation for excellence and is regularly deployed internationally in the global fight against terrorism, to assist countries in their response and to build their local capacity and capability. It has over 1,790 police officers and 600 detectives working in seventy five specialist units with the capability to respond proactively or reactively anywhere in the world.

In his presentation, Commander Walton will explore the British model of Counter Terrorist policing; its strengths and weaknesses, reflecting on 130 years of Scotland Yard's history of fighting terrorism.  

Commander Richard Walton joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1986 and has spent the majority of the past twenty eight years in the field of counter terrorism, interspersed with periods tackling serious and territorial crime. He has been commended twice for preventing terrorist acts in the UK and was promoted to Commander of the SO15 Counter Terrorist Command in 2011, where he subsequently undertook the role of Head of Counter Terrorism for London during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. He holds a BSc Hons degree in Policing and Police Studies from Portsmouth University and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Refreshments will be served from 1515.

This event is ‘off the record’ and closed to the media.

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