Bernie Gravett, Director of Athelney Group

Bernie GravettSuperintendent Bernie Gravett retired from the Metropolitan Police in April 2011 after 31 years of exemplary service. He is an accredited expert in combatting transnational organised crime and working at European level. In addition he has extensive experience in general policing duties, innovation in policing and public disorder and crowd management at large scale events. He is now the director of Specialist Policing Consultancy Ltd. The company delivers consultancy services and training to UK and European law enforcement agencies. The company also specialises in consultancy on European funding streams for law enforcement and international cooperation projects.

As Divisional Commander in Westminster he reviewed the systems for prisoner processing, developing fast track processing methods used across the Borough Command. He improved prisoner processing times by 60% and re-organised systems and practices for dealing with volume crime demands.

He has since developed the Safer Detention Unit and the concept of Short Term Holding Facilities. It is his belief that significant gains in performance can be achieved by separating out nonviolent volume crime prisoners from central custody suites. The concept of one size fits all in prisoner detention facilities is outmoded and hugely inefficient. He has formed the Athelney Group together with Tim Ashley Sparks to deliver a 21st Centyury solution to policing that will improve safety and deliver 79% performance gains to frontline officers.

That's 79% extra visibility on the streets for little and at times no cost!

During his police service Bernie managed many large scale events together with response to terrorist attacks on the capital. He was ground commander for the car bomb attack on the West End nightclub ‘Tiger Tiger’. He managed the scene and surrounding operations from the discovery at 0125 hours until handing over to the Scotland Yard command team at 1300 hours. He managed the evacuation of the nightclub and surrounding area together with the search that discovered a second car bomb that failed to explode. The 2nd vehicle was an attempt to kill emergency service personnel attending the first incident. Both devices were viable and intended for a mass casualty attack.

Bernie was also one of the first police commanders to respond to the terrorist attacks on the 21st July 2005 when four attempted bomb attacks disrupted part of London's public transport system two weeks after the 7 July 2005 London bombings. The suspects fled the scenes after their bombs failed to explode and it was one of Bernie’s officers that subsequently identified one of the wanted suspects and this led to their arrests on the 29th July.

In 2013 Bernie designed and implemented the crowd management plan for the London Notting Hill Carnival. The Carnival is the largest street event in Europe with over 1.5 million festival goers attending the event. Bernie’s unique experience in crown management and public events was called upon to restructure the crowd management plan to release police officers away from crowd management and free them up for emergency response. As a result of Bernie’s work the event management company went on to win the contract for the 2014 event.

In 2012 Bernie led on critical Olympic projects for Transport for London. Brought in a short notice to design, develop and deliver security and crowd management plans for the Stratford transport hub. This links underground, national and international rail, busses and taxis through the area of Meridian Square in Stratford delivering up to 94% of Games attendees (17.4m) together with staff and background traffic in one of London’s busiest transport hubs.

Bernie has advised the Home Office, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on trafficking of human beings and Romanian Organised Crime.  He has presented at the International Crime Symposium in Cambridge University and at a number of NGO forums across the UK. He has developed training for law enforcement officers that has been delivered to the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency, UK Police forces, Europol, Interpol, Eurojust, the UNODC, ICMPD, OSCE, ERA and TADOC. Bernie is an accredited Europol expert on the Europol AWF Intelligence system. In addition Bernie Gravett is an accredited Eurojust expert on Joint Investigation Teams.