December 25, 2008

The Political and Business Dealings of Top Copper Stevens


Since he stepped down as head of Scotland Yard in 2005, John Stevens has invested in a raft of private investigative and security firms while continuing to advise the government.

The former chief of London’s Metropolitan Police, John Stevens (now Lord Stevens), who heads the London-based investigative firm Quest and the forensic laboratory LGC Forensics, has just taken over the electronic security concern Protector Group. Stevens invested in Protector alongside the former owner of the Newcastle United football team, Freddie Fletcher. The two are determined to build up the business of the firm that markets video surveillance gear as well as access control and intrusion detection equipment. Based in the suburbs of Newcastle, Protector has already landed a major contract to design a new security headquarters for the Victoria line in the London underground. Along with his acquisition of private investigative and security concerns, Stevens is much in demand as an adviser. Hedging his bets, he advises Labour prime minister Gordon Brown and the leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron. Stevens has also chaired a semi-public concern that trains security personnel, Skills for Security, since 2006. The organization dispenses training to would-be investigators who will have to obtain a license to operate in the U.K. as of next year. (IOL 577).

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