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Assistant Commissioner Alistair Sutherland
Assistant Commissioner Alistair Sutherland

Assistant Commissioner

Alistair Sutherland joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1986 and served his early career in operational roles in Hounslow and Kensington spending time in uniform roles and within crime squads tackling burglary, robbery and drugs supply. As an Inspector he worked at Notting Hill and again at Hounslow leading uniform teams in both Neighbourhood Policing and Emergency response roles.

As a Chief Inspector he served at Lambeth Borough in South London in charge of policing operations to deal with emergency response, neighbourhoods, partnership and crime reduction. At this time in 2003 he began to serve as one of the Met’s senior officer cadre in charge of policing major public order events across London including sporting and ceremonial events, demonstrations and the annual Notting Hill Carnival.

On promotion to Superintendent and subsequently Chief Superintendent he was asked to remain within Lambeth Borough having forged excellent community and partnership links with the diverse communities around Brixton and Kennington and was successful in continually driving down crime and anti social behaviour during a five and a half year tenure.

In 2009 he was asked to set up a new unit that would take responsibility for the command and control of police firearms operations following the publication of recommendations from the Stockwell Inquiry into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes and subsequent to this posting took charge of SCO19 Specialist Firearms Unit for a three year period. During this time he took on significant command roles at high profile public events including commanding the firearms security and response at the Royal Wedding 2011 and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

He was promoted to Commander in July 2014 and took on the role of Commander for Royalty, Diplomatic and Specialist Protection.

He joined City of London Police in April 2016 as Assistant Commissioner.