Principals › Helen King (2017-

Helen King (PPE, 1983) became a Police Constable in the Cheshire Constabulary after graduating in 1986. She worked her way up through the ranks in Cheshire, in uniform and detective roles. As well as time on the beat and responding to incidents, she also led serious crime investigations, including murders, was a firearms incident commander and for three years was Borough Commander of Halton (Runcorn and Widnes). As a Detective Chief Superintendent she was Head of the Professional Standards Department when the Independent Police Complaints Commission was established and contributed to their first set of statutory guidance. In 2005 she took up the role of Assistant Chief Constable in Merseyside Police. In her time there she led the Force’s role in Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, as well as firearms, public order and counter terrorism operations. She also chaired almost all misconduct panels. After two years back in Cheshire as the Deputy Chief Constable, Helen was promoted in 2014 to Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police Service responsible for policing across London’s 32 Boroughs, Roads and Transport Policing and Criminal Justice. Her last role, before retiring to become St Anne’s Principal, was Assistant Commissioner for Professionalism. This included responsibility for Training, Professional Standards, Counter Corruption and the Met response to a number of Inquiries including the Under Cover Policing Inquiry.