Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Sue Southern joined West Midlands Police in 1990, working on response in Harborne. During her time within the force, she has risen through the ranks and worked in a number of specialist functions both public and non-public facing including Professional Standards, Corporate Communications and the Public Protection Unit, bringing her much enjoyment and variety.
ACC Southern was promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2014 and oversaw responsibility for the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, dealing with the largest threat outside London. ACC Southern was involved in a number of high profile, complex terrorist investigations, including the case of the right wing terrorist Pavlo Lapshyn, and the enduring threat emanating from the Islamic State. She was also involved in the delivery of several technology improvement programmes, as well as establishing a national multi-agency law enforcement online extremism board.
ACC Southern was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable in 2017, and was seconded to become Deputy Director of Communities for the National Crime Agency. During her time there, she led the UK response to offending within firearms, drugs, the dark web and county lines.
ACC Southern returned to the force in January 2019 to retake the position of Assistant Chief Constable overseeing the Crime portfolio, before taking over the Security portfolio in April, combining her experience of both Counter Terrorism and Serious and Organised Crime. She enjoys long and challenging walks with and without her springer spaniel and is trying her hand at road cycling.