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Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner retires

RETIRES: Patricia Gallen

AS THE Band of the Irish Guards played Abba hit Mamma Mia, the most senior female ethnic minority police officer in British history, Patricia Gallan, watched the Queen’s Guard form up to change the guard at Buckingham Palace from her police horse mount for the final time.

Today Patricia Gallan retires from her post as Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Crime and Operations in the Metropolitan Police. She is the lead for Serious and Organised Crime, Specialist Firearms and Public Order, Covert Policing and a wide range of other specialist policing functions in the capital.

But it is in her role in the Mounted Branch on major ceremonial occasions such as Trooping the Colour, riding, as the senior MPS officer, that the Army knows her best.

In a statement, Sgt Paul Randall said: "We are grateful for her intelligence, calm and professionalism as well as her unstinting support in providing security for troops performing Change of the Guard and the daily Queens Life Guard."

The Army works closely day in day out with the Met Police and values the relationships formed from such close proximity. Without the assistance of the Mounted Branch our ceremonial soldiers could not do what they do so well.

Gallen has over 26 years experience and joined Merseyside Police in 2006, serving under Bernard Hogan-Howe, who was the then chief constable and is now commissioner at the Met.

Gallan was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire and joined the Metropolitan Police as a constable in 1987. She served in the East End of London, first as a uniformed officer and then with the Criminal Investigation Department

In 1997 she trained as a hostage negotiator, and was appointed as a Detective Superintendent in 2000.

She then served as staff officer to Deputy Commissioner Sir Ian Blair. In January 2005, she joined the National Crime Squad as Assistant Chief Constable in charge of covert policing and served there until her appointment to Merseyside in 2006. Gallan is also a qualified barrister.

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