Janet Hills is the Chairperson of the Metropolitan Black Police Association (MetBPA) and a serving Police Officer with 29 years’ service. She has held a number of posts on the MetBPA Executive, including First Contact Support Coordinator and General Secretary before becoming the first female Chairperson of the Association in 2013.
Janet joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1991. She started her service at Brixton Police Station as a probationer before venturing into the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) where she then worked in a number of departments including the burglary and robbery squads, as well as the Community Safety Unit. She went onto specialise in the Human Trafficking Unit before returning to Brixton on promotion as a Detective Sergeant.
Janet was the President of the National Black Police Association (NBPA) between 2015-2017 and now holds the reserve seat on the NBPA Cabinet. She is also a trustee on the BPA Charitable Trust (BPACT), of which ‘Voice Of Youth And Genuine Empowerment’ (VOYAGE) operate under. Their ‘Young Leaders for Safer Cities’ (YLfSC) programme is rolled out to year 9 students in 22 boroughs across London and gives them an extra qualification at BTEC level 2. She is also a newly appointed Trustee with St Giles’s Charity who use people’s lived experiences to empower them to get the help they need. St Giles also has a keen focus on early intervention for young people. In the 2021 New Years Honours List Janet was awarded an MBE for her services to the police and the community.
As the strategic lead for the MetBPA, it is her ambition that the Association remains relevant in the Twenty First Century and for it to constantly strive to deliver the best possible service to its members and community. The Association is a key agent for change within the Capital and a driver for excellence in police service delivery to the diverse communities of London. Over the last twenty-six years the MetBPA has made considerable contributions to various Inquiry’s, which include the Macpherson, Morris and Race & Faith Inquiry’s. It is paramount that race equality remains high on the agenda and that the Association positions itself so as to influence, challenge and help mould the decisions of the MPS, Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) & College of Policing to reflect a more representative police service for the diverse communities of London.