Behind The Badge: Meet Chief Inspector Lisa Butterfield.


Behind The Badge takes a behind the scenes look at some of our amazing police officers here in East Area doing a fantastic job out on our streets everyday.

Today we meet Chief Inspector Lisa Butterfield who is currently working in the Emergency Response Team.

What made you want to become a police officer?

I have been a police officer for almost 23 years. 

I went to university to train to be a journalist and I saw a Met Recruitment advert on my kitchen table and applied. I guess it was then I realised that what I actually wanted to do was to help people and I thought it would be more exciting than a Monday to Friday office job.

What is your role and what does it involve?

I am currently working as a Chief Inspector in the Emergency Response Policing Team portfolio and lead fifteen response teams across Redbridge Barking, Dagenham and Havering, they are the frontline of policing – so if you call 999 or 101 it will be one of my teams you will see in the first instance.

I also lead on Health and Wellbeing on the Borough Command Unit, which started as support for officers who were injured on duty and support from traumatic incidents.  This has now grown into support around health and maternity.

I am part of a wider Senior Leadership Team and work closely with the other strands, particularly around our response to Domestic Abuse. We work closely with Public protection as we are the first responders to calls about Domestic Abuse.

I started my career in Edmonton as a Police Officer, I started on Response and have always remained in a unformed role, either Neigbourhood Policing Team or Emergency Response Policing Team.  I was Sergeant on one of the first ever Neighbourhood Policing Teams in Canning Town in 2005.  In 2007 I was successful in promotion and became an Inspector and moved to Waltham forest.  I chose to stay as an Inspector for 10 years as my son went through Primary School.

In 2018 I was promoted to Chief Inspector and came over to the East Area Borough Command Unit.  I have spent the first two years, again, in Neighbourhood Policing and have spent the last 10 months on response.

What skills have you learned during your service any that you particularly enjoy or find interesting and why?

I completed Sexual Offences Investigative Training within three years which taught me how to listen to people and be empathetic. People tell me that I that’s how I manage.  I am approachable and I care, I guess one of the best attributes to being a leader is I don’t always have all of the best ideas, so I encourage team work and listen to other peoples ideas in a demanding job.

A bit about you, are you a parent, do you have any hobbies basically who are you when you aren’t on duty?

When I am off duty, I am a single mum and therefore don’t really have time to do much else.  I really like to travel and go to concerts, therefore the last year has definitely been a bit of a struggle.  I spend quality time with my son and always like to look at a social adventure and try to enjoy the great outdoors.

I honestly believe the Metropolitan Police is a supportive employer and whatever difficulties you go though in life, don’t be put off! We support each other and there are great opportunities for all within our Police Service.

Chief Inspector Lisa Butterfield.

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