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ARU honorary earns executive policing position

Published: 23 December 2019 at 15:03

Stephen Kavanagh receiving his honorary degree.

Stephen Kavanagh to help tackle high-profile global crime with Interpol

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) honorary doctor of laws, Stephen Kavanagh, has been appointed to the role of Executive Director of Police Services at Interpol.

Mr Kavanagh, who is the former Chief Constable of Essex Police, has been selected for the position and will support the organisation’s work in global law enforcement.

He will have the responsibility of ensuring Interpol provides quality, up-to-date specialised knowledge, operational and investigative support to its member countries in high profile crime areas. 

Interpol is an inter-governmental organisation that enables police forces from 194 countries around the world to share information and work together to prevent global crime such as terrorism and cybercrime, and battle against organised criminal networks.

Mr Kavanagh, who grew up in Chelmsford and attended the Boswells School and Chelmsford College, was awarded an honorary doctorate by ARU at a graduation ceremony in October 2019.

He was awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal for distinguished service in 2018, shortly before retiring from the police.

Mr Kavanagh, who led Essex Police between 2013 and 2018, said:


“I couldn’t be more excited to have been selected as the Executive Director of Police Services at Interpol, and to support the ground-breaking work it is involved in at a vital time for global law enforcement.”