Assistant Commissioner Patricia Gallan has announced her intention to retire from the Police Service in August, following nearly thirty one years’ service.
Patricia Gallan joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1987 as a graduate entrant. She has spent the last thirteen years’ service as a Chief Officer, undertaking roles in the National Crime Squad and as an Assistant Chief Constable in Merseyside Police. Patricia returned to the MPS in 2012 as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner. She first led the Directorate of Professional Standards and then moved into Specialist Operations as DACSO.
In 2015, Patricia was promoted to Assistant Commissioner, leading Specialist Crime and Operations as a member of the MPS Management Board.
Commissioner, Cressida Dick, said:
“Pat has given extraordinary service to policing and can rightly be proud of what she has achieved and the contribution she has made. Always a passionate supporter of the Met and policing more generally, Pat has undertaken some of the most challenging and demanding roles, and has always approached them with passion and determination.
“Not only has Pat given so much to the Met, as the first black woman to reach the rank of chief constable she has been a role model and provided inspiration and coaching support to a great many more junior colleagues across the Met and more widely.
“I wish Pat well for the future.”
Assistant Commissioner, Patricia Gallan, said:
“I have enjoyed my time in the Met as well as in other forces across the UK. At first hand every day, I have seen the commitment and professionalism of police officers and police staff, and I’m proud to have been a Police Officer and a Detective in all of the Forces in which I have served; with the Met as my first and last Force having a very special meaning to me. Having served for over thirty years, I have been very privileged to have served as an Assistant Commissioner and I am very proud of our police officers and staff.
“Whilst I am looking forward to new challenges, I will always be a strong supporter of policing, and the Met’s people - police officers and staff.”