New chief constable for Surrey

SURREY Police Authority has appointed Lynne Owens as the new chief constable of Surrey Police.

Lynne spent the past year as the lead for public order policing in London as an assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan Police Service, having transferred there from Surrey.

She began her police career in the Metropolitan Police Service, posted to Catford in South East London, transferring to Kent on promotion to sergeant, where she trained and specialised as a detective.

As a Detective Chief Inspector she was posted to the force major crime department as a Senior Investigating Officer.

Lynne transferred to Surrey Police in 2002, becoming a Divisional Commander in 2003 covering three boroughs.

In January 2005, she was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable (Specialist Operations).

During that time she qualified as a Gold firearms Commander and took Gold Command of a number of critical incidents.

Following successful completion of the Strategic Command Course, she was appointed Assistant Chief Constable (Territorial Operations), with responsibility for territorial divisions, partnership, criminal justice and neighbourhood policing.

In March 2008, Lynne was appointed as the Temporary Deputy Chief Constable leading a significant organisational change programme, professional standards department and collaboration in the South East Region.

In April 2009 she transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service having been appointed as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner responsible for Territorial Policing.

In December 2010 Lynne took up post as an Assistant Commissioner and was appointed to the MPS Management Board.

For the past year she has been the lead for public order policing in London, including the delivery of the Royal Wedding, and other uniformed specialisms.

Since July she has also been responsible for a second business group leading the Specialist Crime Directorate.

Lynne was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished service in the New Year’s Honours (2008).

Peter Williams, chairman of Surrey Police Authority, said: “Surrey Police, like the whole police service, faces major changes and serious financial pressure in the years ahead.

“At the end of the interview process it was clear that Lynne Owens is the right person to lead the Force through these challenging times.

“Lynne is an outstanding officer who has proven herself in some of the most difficult and high-profile roles in policing.

“We are sure she will be an excellent Chief Constable for Surrey Police and that the Force will continue to go from strength to strength under her leadership.”

Lynne said: “Having spent much of my career with Surrey Police, I know just how dedicated and professional its officers and staff are.

“I am proud to have been appointed to lead them as their Chief Constable.

“I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people in the Metropolitan Police Service for the last few years but this presents a significant opportunity to lead my own organisation.

“I am under no illusions as to the challenges we face. However, I am optimistic that, with the great people we have and our shared belief in putting the needs of the public first, we can continue to deliver excellent service to the people of Surrey.”