Chief Superintendent David Smart is a Metropolitan Police Officer and currently serves as the National Coordinator for Prevention of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) at United Kingdom which is part of the UK counter-terrorism strategy.
He joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1989 and has served across London in local policing, covert intelligence and counter terrorism. Following the July 2005 London bombings, he was seconded back to Special Branch returning again to International Operations managing investigations and leading firearms operations against counter-terrorist targets. In March 2006 he was selected for the High Potential Development Scheme and commenced the UK senior leadership programme, where in 2007 he was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector and transferred to join the Counter Terrorism Command. In 2008 he transferred to local policing where he held the Crime, Operations and Partnership portfolios as well as a substantial period as a Temporary Superintendent.
In 2011 he joined the Specialist Crime Reduction Command Unit at New Scotland Yard where he focused on the prevention and diversion aspects of gang crime including responsibility for gang mediation and exit tactics as well as identifying opportunities for the police service to work in partnership with community and voluntary organizations. In 2013 he joined the Prevent team at the National Counter Terrorism Policing Headquarters working closely with the Home Office, strategic partners and police forces across the UK to tackle the threat of radicalization and extremism seeking to intervene early in the lives of vulnerable people and safeguard them from progressing down a path of terrorism or violence.
Chief Superintendent David Smart holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Robert Gordon University’s Aberdeen Business School. He is married with two daughters.