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Tara McGovern

Detective Chief Superintendent | Metropolitan Police

Tara is a Detective Chief Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police Service and currently the Head of Recruitment and Career Development.  She transferred into the MPS on promotion to Detective Superintendent in September 2015 having spent her previous career in Hampshire Constabulary working mostly in serious organised crime and homicide.   In the MPS she worked in Lewisham Borough managing the crime portfolio before moving to the Trident Gang Command to run the Central Gangs Unit.  Following this Tara moved to take the role as Head of Modern Slavery and Child Exploitation but was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2019.  During her treatment she launched the Change and Check campaign and BreastMates support group, to raise awareness of Breast Cancer and provide support for those impacted, a campaign now running across policing in the UK in over 40 forces.

In 2018 Tara set up the Network of Women in the MPS, the first womens network for all officers and staff to provide support for progression, wellbeing and balancing home and work.  Tara is the Lead of Signa, the MPS Sexual Harassment and Sexism Group and sits on the National Police Chiefs Council Working Group to tackle sexual harassment nationally.

In 2020 Tara was recognised by Lloyds Bank Women of the Future in its list of 50 “Kind Leaders” and has been awarded the British Association of Women in Policing Inspirational Leader Award 2021.