September 21st, 2007 14:17 EST
U.K. Head of counter terrorism command to retire
Following careful consideration, after more than 30 years service in the Metropolitan Police and some five years in his current role as well as National Co-ordinator of Terrorist Investigations, DAC Peter Clarke has decided to retire from the police service on 31 January 2008. Reluctantly, the Metropolitan Police Authority and the Commissioner have accepted his decision.
Len Duvall, chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, said:
"DAC Peter Clarke is a dedicated public servant, often working behind the scenes, who made an immense contribution to protecting the public and in doing so has undoubtedly saved lives."
MPS Commissioner Sir Ian Blair, said:
"DAC Peter Clarke has performed outstandingly. His contribution to the fight against terrorism has been truly significant."
DAC Clarke is retiring in order to pursue a range of new appointments and projects. Arrangements to appoint his successor are in hand and an advertisement will appear shortly.
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