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Stephen Rimmer Comes To Hillz

Hillz FM is very excited to welcome to welcome a special guest to our studio on Thursday 1st October; Stephen Rimmer. Stephen is currently the strategic leader for Preventing Violence Against Vulnerable People.


Stephen Rimmer joined the Home Office in 1984 and worked in a variety of policy posts there and in the Northern Ireland Office until 1993. Having been involved in the Prison Service bid to run Strangeways prison after the 1990 riot, he was deputy governor there for two years, before working in the Cabinet Office as director of the central drugs coordination unit until 1998. He subsequently became governor of first Gartree prison in Leicestershire (an all-lifer establishment) and then Wandsworth prison (a large Victorian local prison).


He became director of policing policy in the Home Office in 2002, with responsibility for all areas of police reform and policy work. He joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 2005 as a member of its management board and as director of strategy, modernisation and performance. Stephen returned to the Home Office in 2007 to become Director of the Prevent Strategy, and of the research information and communications unit, within the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism.

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In 2009 he became Director General of the Crime and Policing Group and had responsibility for the substantial reforms to policing over the last few years, as well as the development and implementation of crime reduction, organised crime, drugs and alcohol strategies. Stephen established the National Group responsible for tackling Sexual Violence against Vulnerable People in early 2013 reporting to the Prime Minister. Additionally, he was Chair of the Serious Organised Crime Agency in its final months before the establishment of the NCA. In November 2013 he moved from the Home Office to take up a new post in the West Midlands, providing strategic leadership across the region in Preventing Violence against Vulnerable People. Stephen was awarded the CB in January 2014.


Stephen has very kindly agreed to talk live on the air, so if you have a question for Stephen or would like to get involved further, please email reception@watchcharity.org.uk or phone 02476550564. The interview will air between 9am-10am Thursday 1st October, therefore, FestiPaul’s show will be cancelled for this week only

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