Tom Knox started his Police career as an officer joining Northumbria Police in 1994. During his time with Northumbria he managed a number of frontline 24/7 teams in Gateshead and Newcastle developing a wide spectrum of policing skills including working with CID and supervising specialist teams focusing on crime pattern analysis, GIS and applications used to address vehicle crime, burglary and public disorder. With a specific interest in public order intelligence and evidence gathering, Tom was selected to lead teams managing high profile events such as the G8 summit in Scotland, the Bradford riots, the Drax Power station protests and the tactical policing of England, Sunderland and Newcastle United football matches.
Following his employment with Northumbria Police, Tom then moved to the Metropolitan Police Service managing Licensing Operations and Community Impact Teams before leading the
Counter-Terrorism Desk for the Metropolitan Police Service at Twickenham. Tom worked closely with partner agencies and strategic venues to raise security and CT awareness, promoting the joint assessment of risk and mitigation measures via training, planning and exercising to identify appropriate response procedures. Tom’s responsibilities included managing a bespoke, skilled team providing in-house training and producing strategic briefings, utilising GIS and data sets, to identify potential threats and predict future impacts. He developed communications protocols for London Resilience partner agencies and worked directly with iconic venues such as RFU Twickenham stadium, Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens in risk management, planning and exercising.
In keeping with his experience as a Tactical and Strategic supervisor, Tom also managed teams planning for and then responding to pan-London incidents including the London 2011 riots, student protests, the 2012 Olympics, visits of the Pope, Royal weddings and state funerals.
Tom presently manages the North Yorkshire County Council Emergency Planning Unit, working with blue light services and other Civil Contingencies Act responders to provide 24/7 resilience for England’s largest county. In addition to resilience planning, his unit also provides the secretariat function for North Yorkshire’s Local Resilience Forum; and in-house emergency planning, Business Continuity Management and resilience telecommunications for NYCC and its associated partners.
Tom is currently working at a regional and national level to identify and embed best practice for integrated emergency management in multi-agency response and embracing the new technologies and initiatives such as Resilience Direct which can inform the practical decision-makers and support shared situational awareness. More recently, Tom was the operational lead for North Yorkshire during the 2014 Tour De France and the Tour De Yorkshire cycle events of 2015 and 2016, delivering safe, secure and successful events.