Home Secretary Amber Rudd appoints Millie Banerjee as new College of Policing Chair

Millie Banerjee takes over on a permanent basis as chair of the college

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has appointed Millie Banerjee CBE as Chair of the College of Policing.

Ms Banerjee will oversee the professional body for everyone in policing and work with the newly confirmed Chief Executive, Mike Cunningham QPM, to professionalise policing and make sure officers and staff have the skills and knowledge they need to keep the country safe.

Millie Banerjee, Chair of the College of Policing, said:

"I have spent many years in policing and it has been a privilege to witness the dedication and compassion of officers and staff to protect the public. This is evident when I see that public approval for police has remained high despite officers and staff being faced with ever more complex crime, a reduced workforce and greater demand.

"We are dedicated to providing access to the best knowledge and skills which sits behind the bravery, dedication and compassion shown by police on a daily basis. We have ambitious plans ahead and I intend on working with people across policing to continue building a professional body that supports all officers and staff."

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

"Working with Millie over the last year I have been impressed by the insight she brings from her time leading other public and commercial organisations, including the British Transport Police.

"I am very pleased Millie is taking on the role permanently and, along with newly appointed CEO Mike Cunningham, the College of Policing will have a strong leadership team to help drive reform and ensure the police workforce is flexible, capable and professional, able to face the future with confidence."

Rachel Tuffin, Interim CEO at the College of Policing said:

"Millie brings a wealth of experience from the private and public sectors, including several years in policing. On a personal note, I am grateful for the support while I’ve been interim CEO, and look forward to her support and leadership benefiting the college in the future."

Millie Banerjee CBE has had a long and varied career in the private and public sectors. She was the Chair of British Transport Police Authority for 7 years and held several non-executive appointments, including a non-executive director of the Cabinet Office, Channel 4, the Prisons Board, the Peabody Trust and Ofcom. She is currently the Chair of NHS Blood and Transplant and a board member of East London NHS Foundation Trust.

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