Peter Lowton – Chair

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Peter Lowton joined Essex Police in November 2006 after serving for 20 years in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). Prior to his policing career, Peter served as an officer in the Royal Air Force.

Peter became diabetic in 1989 after being seriously injured whilst attempting to arrest a man for robbery in Brixton, South London. He continues to enjoy a rewarding police career and live a full and active life.

He first became involved with the NPDA after working with its founder, Tim Savage in Croydon in the early 90’s, becoming the chair in 2005. Peter is passionate about working to increase understanding of the condition and improving the working environment for diabetics in the police service.

Between 1999 and 2001 Peter was the Deputy OCU Commander for the MPS Murder Review Group where he had responsibility for advising on and undertaking independent reviews of murder enquiries in London, other UK police forces and overseas.

In 2001 Peter was promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent and seconded to the National Criminal Intelligence Service, where as The South East Area Co-ordinator he was responsible for leading a multi agency command tasked with the provision of a dynamic intelligence service to the 13 police forces, HM Customs and Excise and National Crime Squad offices that comprised the South East area of NCIS.

Since completing the 2003 Strategic Command Course Peter worked with Territorial Policing (TP) in the MPS undertaking a wide range of roles. These included implementing the National Intelligence Model across TP. Subsequently he was responsible, post Bichard, for leading the implementation of a national intelligence system for the police service of England and Wales. He was appointed BCU Commander for Greenwich in 2005 where he led the implementation of 18 neighbourhood policing teams.

On 6h November 2006, Peter was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable (Protective Services) with Essex Police having responsibility for Crime and Mobile Support Divisions in addition to Protective Services. He is currently the Chair of ACPO Eastern Region Forensic Science Committee and a member of ACPO ER Conference, ACPO Forensic Science Committee and ACPO Criminal Use of Firearms. In October 2007 Peter took on the ACPO lead for Identity Cards and Identity Fraud.

Peter holds a Masters Degree in Applied Criminology from Cambridge University.