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Karen Baxter
Commander Karen Baxter

Commander - National Coordinator for Economic Crime

Commander Karen Baxter joined the City of London Polices Economic Crime Directorate in July 2018 after transferring from The Police Service of Northern Ireland.

As the Head of Economic Crime within the City of London she oversees a diverse range of operational units, each focused on complex and specialist aspects of economic crime. That include investigations into serious Fraud, Money Laundering, Overseas Anti-Corruption, Intellectual Property Crime, Cyber Protect Team, Insurance Fraud Enforcement and Asset Recovery. She is also responsible for The Economic Crime Academy which provides training and accreditation to a range of policing, law enforcement and private agencies.

The City of London is the lead force for Economic Crime and Commander Baxter coordinates that response across UK policing. As part of this portfolio Commander Baxter oversees national services such as Action Fraud, the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau which incorporates the Economic Crime Victim Care Unit that seeks to enhance the service victims of economic crime receive from Policing. Her vision is to work with partners to disrupt the activity of criminals across the UK and to improve the effectiveness of the policing response at a local, regional and national level.

Prior to joining the City of London Police Commander Baxter started her career in the Royal Ulster Constabulary in January 1992 spending a significant part of her service managing serious and complex criminal investigations.

As Detective Inspector overseeing the review of child abuse and rape enquiries her work resulted in the establishment of dedicated Rape Crime Units and Public Protection Units across Northern Ireland significantly improving quality of service to victims of sexual offences and leading to the formation of the ‘Rowan’ sexual assault referral centre at Antrim.

As the Detective Chief Inspector and Senior Investigating Officer of the Major Investigation Team she led a number of high profile Murder, Kidnap and Terrorism Investigations through to prosecution.

In September 2011 she worked with external agencies to introduce the ‘One Punch’ campaign to PSNI raising awareness of the risks of assault and street violence. For her work on this campaign she was awarded the British Association of Women in Policing (BAWP) Award and the International Association of Women in Policing Award (IAWP).

Through her work on the Terrorism Investigation Unit within PSNI she worked tirelessly to promote peace in Northern Ireland, working with a range of agencies locally and globally to deliver interventions resulting in a series of high profile convictions.

Karen has a BSc in Applied Social Policy and has a Masters with the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge.