Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Rickett, Metropolitan Police Service
Paul Rickett joined Hertfordshire Constabulary in December 1987 and served for eight years in uniform and detective roles and qualified in covert surveillance and source handling. In 1996 he passed the extended interview for the Home Office Accelerated Promotion Course before becoming a Detective Sergeant on the (then) Regional Crime Squad, which later became the National Crime Squad. In the six and a half years he spent there he was responsible for numerous national and international investigations into serious and organised crime ranging from international financial fraud through to illegal human trafficking, arms dealing and drug trafficking.
In 2002 Paul transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service as a Detective Inspector in the Anti-Corruption Command of the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS). During this period he commanded a number of high profile, covert investigations into serving and retired police officers and staff whose mission it was to undermine the integrity and reputation of the Metropolitan Police Service.
In 2003 he was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector and served as staff officer to the Assistant Commissioner (Territorial Policing), Tim Godwin OBE. In 2005 he was appointed to Detective Superintendent and later the partnership and Operations Superintendent at Waltham Forest Borough during a turbulent period in the borough’s history, in particular during Operation Overt, which was an investigation into a terrorist plot to explode passenger planes over the Atlantic ocean. 14 of the 22 suspects arrested nationally were resident in Waltham Forest at that time, which gave rise to unprecedented policing and partnership challenges.
In 2007 he was promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent and seconded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) where he led the published review of frontline leadership in the police service of England and Wales. Many of the recommendations were incorporated in the Green Paper on Police Reform, following on from the Review of Policing by Sir Ronnie Flanagan.
In July 2008, Paul was appointed as the Borough Commander of Tower Hamlets where he served for four years, leaving in June 2012 to become the Borough Commander of the City of Westminster Borough.
In 2015 he was appointed as OCU Commander of the Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC). Jointly funded by Transport for London (TfL), the RTPC is the largest operational command in the MPS, comprising 2,350 officers and staff whose role it is to provide safety and security across London’s road and surface transport infrastructure.
The MPS Roads and Transport Policing Command
The Roads and Transport Policing Command oversees policing on London’s road and transport network. It works in partnership with, and is significantly funded by, Transport for London to tackle transport related crime, improve road safety, reduce the number of traffic related injuries and deaths on London's roads.
This presentation will provide an overview of the role of the Roads and Transport Policing Command in the Transport for London partnership for casualty reduction. It will also report on progress since the Mayoral target was set, and plans for the future.