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Assistant Chief Constable Gareth Cann joined West Midlands Police in 1989 and started his career as a beat constable in Birmingham city centre. Since that time he has served in various ranks and roles in the force. His varied experience within West Midlands Police has provided many opportunities and much enjoyment.

ACC Cann is currently the Assistant Chief Constable responsible for Security and Serious Organised Crime, with responsibility for the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU). The WMCTU receives substantial dedicated central government funding to create a centre of excellence in counter terrorism policing. That expertise is available to the West Midlands and the wider UK police counter terrorism network when the threat and risk demands. It is the regional lead for delivering the UK’s counter terrorism strategy.

Since becoming an ACC in April 2007 he has led for the force on Local Policing (2007-2009), Crime (2009-2013), Operations (2013-2017) and now holds the Security role.

ACC Cann is the National Policing Lead for victims and witnesses, and election-related crime.