Simon Byrne

AC Simon Byrne

Simon began his police career in the Met in 1982 on uniform patrol pounding the beat around Paddington and St Johns Wood before transferring to Merseyside Police in 1985.

There he enjoyed roles in uniform, CID and at Headquarters. In 2002, he became the BCU Commander for Knowsley, one of the most deprived parts of the country. Joining ACPO in 2006 as ACC Operations (following a short spell as ACC Personnel) he led a force-wide crackdown on crime and anti social behaviour which saw significant improvements in Force performance and service standards.

He transferred to Greater Manchester Police in 2009 on promotion to Deputy Chief Constable. Upon taking up this exciting post he led a significant programme of performance improvement and innovation which removed the Force from the jeopardy of intervention by the Home Office. He also oversaw a significant change programme both to reduce costs and modernise how the Force worked with a strong investment in Neighbourhood Policing.

He has previously led change at a national level in relation to the misuse of cannabis, deployment of police ANPR and a revision of the approach to dealing with sex workers and prostitution.

His current role is Assistant Commissioner for Territorial Policing. In this job he is responsible for the day to day policing of London. This means driving performance and service across the 32 London Borough commands, the Safer Transport Command, a number of specialist units and the Communications and Contact centres. He supports the Commissioner as a member of the MPS Management Board.

He is also Chair of the Pan London Criminal Justice Board.

Simon is a Board Member for the CitySafe Foundation and a Trustee of the Police Rehabilitation Trust.

He holds an MA with Distinction in Police Management from the University of Manchester.

Simon is a family man with interests in cycling, tennis, mountain sports and building model railways.