Nick Downing



Nick Downing is the former National Police Chiefs Council lead for Financial Investigation and Proceeds of Crime and Assistant Chief Constable, Head of Serious Crime for Kent and Essex Police.

He spent 28 years serving the communities of London, developing a wide range of policing skills and an expertise in Serious, Organised and Economic 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. This work has brought him into close contact with numerous other law enforcement agencies and private industry partners. He utilised these experiences when leading 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 leading 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.

In March 2017 Nick successfully completed the Strategic Command Course in 2017 and was selected to the role of Assistant Chief Constable, Head of Serious Crime for Kent and Essex Police.

Having completed 30 years police service Nick took the decision to leave policing in July 2019.