Assistant Chief Constable Nick Downing is the current Head of Serious Crime for Kent and Essex Police. In March2018 he was appointed as the National Police Chiefs Council lead for Financial Investigation and Proceeds of Crime.
Previously ACC Downing developed 28 years of extensive policing experience with the Metropolitan Police Service across a diverse variety of disciplines. These included 2 years as Borough Commander on Hillingdon Borough and postings to the London Boroughs of Newham, Sutton, Southwark and Croydon. He spent 3 years working as part of the Territorial Support Group and 3 years at Heathrow Airport where he performed a number of roles.
He spent 9 years as a detective in specialist and organised crime, he is a trained kidnap SIO and a strategic firearms commander.
Nick formed a high level of expertise in targeting organised criminal networks and has used this operational background to pioneer a proactive prevention and disruption approach to policing.
His work has brought him into close contact with numerous other law enforcement agencies and private industry partners.
He utilised these experiences whilst heading the MPS Sterling economic crime prevention team and Amberhill false identity team, both of which sought innovative ways to prevent organized crime affecting the economy.
In January 2010, as a Detective Superintendent, ACC Downing was very proud to secure the role of heading Operation Podium, the specialist crime response to combat organised crime affecting the Olympic economy before moving on to become the Head of Metropolitan Police Criminal Finance Teams transforming the Met’s response to the proceeds of crime.
ACC Downing was a Temporary Commander for the West area of London with leadership of over 5000 colleagues, 10 London boroughs and portfolio responsibility for protecting vulnerable people across territorial policing before successfully completing the Strategic Command Course in 2017. Nick took up his current post in July 2017.