Assistant Chief Constable Serious Crime Directorate
Assistant Chief Constable Nick Downing has 28 years of policing experience with the Metropolitan Police Service across a diverse variety of disciplines. These included two years as Borough Commander on Hillingdon Borough and postings to the London Boroughs of Newham, Sutton, Southwark and Croydon. He spent three years working as part of the Territorial Support Group and three years at Heathrow Airport where he performed a number of roles.
ACC Downing spent nine years as a detective in specialist and organised crime, he is a trained kidnap SIO (senior investigating officer) and a former strategic firearms commander. He 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 organised 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.
Prior to joining Kent and Essex, ACC Downing was a Temporary Commander for the west area of London, with leadership of over 5,000 colleagues, 10 London boroughs and portfolio responsibility for protecting vulnerable people across territorial policing.
ACC Downing successfully completed the Strategic Command Course in 2017 and joins us as Head of the Serious Crime Directorate for Kent Police and Essex Police.