Head, SO15 Counter-Terrorism Command for London & International Operations, Metropolitan Police Service, United Kingdom
In December 2015, Commander Haydon was appointed Head of SO15 Counter Terrorism Command for London and International Operations. The Command has a world wide reputation for excellence and is regularly deployed internationally in the global fight against terrorism to assist countries in their response and to build their local capacity and capability. Commander Haydon is responsible for the Commands 1800 officers and staff in sixty specialist units and a “local to global” reach with officers deployed across London’s boroughs and in sixteen countries around the world.
Prior to this appointment, Commander Haydon was promoted to the role of Commander for Specialist Crime Investigations. He was responsible for the Homicide and Major Crime Command and the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command collectively with over 1700 officers and staff.
In 2014, Commander Haydon was Temporary Commander within Specialist Crime and Operations responsible for Gangs and Serious and Organised Crime in London.
In September 2012, Mr Haydon was head of Trident Gang Crime Command and the London Crime Squad. He was also the Home Office “Peer reviewer” for gangs and organised crime.
Commander Haydon is a Senior Identification Manager for disaster victim identification and in September 2014, he travelled to Ukraine to manage and lead the UK response to the Malaysian air crash (MH17). He is also the NPCC lead for Casualty Bureau coordinating the national response when there is a major disaster or incident.
During Commander Haydon’s 28 years service with the Metropolitan Police he has served as “Staff officer” to Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations leading on the interventions for the 2012 Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London. He has also served in the Anti Corruption Command (then CIB3) and several London boroughs as a detective at different ranks.
The session was part of the ICT's 16th World Summit on Counter-Terrorism: "Unpuzzling Terrorism". Commander Haydon discussed the terrorist threat to the UK in general. While noting the threats the online world poses, Haydon focused on home-grown attacks and domestic extremism, highlighting the need of the international community to adapt counter-terror measures to attacks carried out by radicalized individuals as well as the need to share this information.