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Sarah Robbins

Head of Crime
Wiltshire Police (Invited)

Sarah Robbins has lived in Wiltshire for most of her life, having moved to the county from Liverpool with her family at a young age. Policing was never a part of Sarah's family network but after talking to a family friend, she decided it was the career for her. Sarah joined the Force at 19 years of age and has loved it ever since. Sarah started in a uniformed role in Trowbridge before becoming a detective. She then progressed through the ranks, working in various different roles such as anti-corruption and Professional Standards. For a period of time, Sarah was promoted to Superintendent and posted to the south hub. Alongside her day job, Sarah is also involved in the operation of the Police Support Unit (PSU) as a constable, sergeant and inspector. She is also now a Strategic Firearms Commander and a Force Authorising Officer.

  • How did regional blue light services respond to a suspected terrorist attack on home soil?
  • Looking at the successes of the operation and how good back-end infrastructure, combined with appropriate skilling culminated in an effective approach to the threat
  • Discussing the logistical challenges encountered and how they have informed both Wiltshire and the nation’s future practice
  • How collaboration was integral to the success of dealing with the attack and the form that took in the investigation
  • Press management for such a globally-sensitive case