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Head of Professional Standards - Superintendent Helena Bennett

The Head of Professional Standards is Helena Bennett. She was appointed to this role in April 2017.


Helena was born and brought up in Tottenham, North London. Prior to joining the police she completed a degree in Ecology and then travelled to Poland where she completed a Masters in Forestry. She joined West Mercia Police in 1990 and was posted to Kidderminster as a patrol officer.

Whilst at Kidderminster she was selected to work on the initial crime desk pathfinder, the forerunner to today's crime bureau. She completed an aide to the Criminal Investigation Department before being posted as a detective constable on the family protection unit.

In 2001 after completing acting Sergeant duties at Kidderminster she was promoted to Sergeant and moved to South Worcestershire where she was posted to the Malvern Hills district. Here she was responsible for delivering community and response policing. She later became a custody sergeant at Worcester Police Station.

Following a secondment to a major incident room Helena was promoted to the rank of Inspector delivering response policing across South Worcestershire. This was followed by a period in the South Worcestershire Performance Review Department.

In 2008 she was promoted to Chief Inspector overseeing Support Services in South Worcestershire followed by a response policing role. In 2009 Helena was selected by the then Chief Constable Paul West to be his staff officer whilst working in the West Mercia Professional Standards Department. She also completed a period of Temporary Superintended duties within this department.

Helena moved back to North Worcestershire in 2013 where she has been responsible for Community Policing across the section. She also continues to perform the role of firearms commander. In Janaury 2016, Helena was appointed Temporary Superintendent and tool on the role of Head of Policing in North Worcestershire.

She has now been appointed Head of Professional Standards having been substantially promoted in April 2017.

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