Sir David Veness

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"David Veness served as Under-Secretary General of the UN Department of Safety and Security from its creation in 2005 until June 2009. This role carries responsibility for UN operations globally. Prior to this appointment, he was Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations) New Scotland Yard from 1994-2005."[1]==Affiliations==

"Sir David Christopher Veness, CBE, QPM is a British former senior police officer and United Nations official. David joined the Metropolitan Police Cadet Corps in 1964 and the Metropolitan Police in 1966. He became a CID officer in 1969, and trained as a hostage negotiator a decade later. He became an instructor and then Director of the Scotland Yard Negotiators Course between 1980 and 1987 before being appointed a Police Commander serving with Royalty and Diplomatic Protection until 1990.

"He served as Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations in the Metropolitan Police from 1994–2005 (heading Special Branch), before retiring from the force to serve as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security until 2008." [2]

As head of Special Operations Veness oversaw various units including counter-terrorism and the Special Demonstration Squad (SDS), which targeted protestors. powerbase

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