One of the UK’s most senior police officers will be joining the Home Office to lead the efforts to tackle illegal migration.
Bas Javid, currently Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police Service, will become Director General of Immigration Enforcement in November 2023.
Mr Javid will come to the Home Office following a 30 year career in policing, previously serving at Avon and Somerset Police, West Midlands Police and the Met.
As Director General of Immigration Enforcement, he will spearhead the operational response to immigration offending in the UK and build on the efforts already being made to tackle this problem.
Immigration enforcement visits are at their highest since 2019 and are up by almost 50% on last year.
His team will work in conjunction with other law enforcement, including police and Border Force.
Bas Javid said:
Protecting the integrity of the UK’s immigration system is vital, so it is an honour to be appointed to this important role.
I am excited to begin leading a group of dedicated, hardworking and talented public servants to ensure we uphold our rules and laws.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman said:
Immigration abuse is a scourge on our society and I will leave no stone unturned in clamping down on this illegality.
Bas brings a wealth of law enforcement experience and will further ramp up our efforts to tackle immigration offending, as the British people would expect.
His appointment was overseen by the Civil Service Commission which regulates senior civil service recruitment and followed a rigorous, fair and open competition.
Home Office Permanent Secretary Sir Matthew Rycroft said:
I look forward to welcoming Bas to the Home Office and working alongside him to tackle illegal migration, which is the top priority for the department.