FORA.tv Speaker - David Veness
David Veness is the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security at the United Nations. He formerly served as Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations in the Metropolitan Police Service in London (1994-2005), which he originally entered as a cadet in 1964. He was on the hostage negotiating team at the Iranian Embassy siege (1980) and led the negotiations at the Libyan Peoples Bureau incident in 1984. He was an instructor and then Director of the Scotland Yard Negotiators Course between 1980 and 1987. Mr. Veness was appointed Commander in 1987 and served with Royalty and Diplomatic Protection until 1990.
In 1990, he became Commander Public Order, Territorial Security and Operational Support. He was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Specialist Operations, Crime, in November 1991, and was promoted to Assistant Commissioner in 1994. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in 1994 and the Commander of the British Empire in 2000. He was knighted at the end of 2004. He served as a member of the Service Authorities for the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the National Crime Squad. Mr. Veness was educated at Raynes Park County Grammar School in south London and Trinity College, Cambridge (Master of Arts and Master of Law).
10.23.07 | 00:57:27 min
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