FACT taps Sharp

London police officer takes charge at U.K. anti-piracy org

LONDON — The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) has appointed Kieron Sharp as its new director general. He will take up his post on November 6 and will replace Raymond Leinster, who is leaving to pursue other opportunities.

Sharp has a background in law enforcement, latterly as head of Specialist Crime Operations at the City of London police service, a role which holds responsibility for major crime investigations, surveillance operations, intelligence, special branch, criminal justice, forensic support, crime policy and training, crime recording and the Home Office major incident system at the City of London police.

Detective Chief Superintendent Sharp has 30 years service, having started in the Metropolitan Police. Although the majority of his career has been as a detective, he has worked in all areas of criminal investigation from general crime through murder enquiries and other major incidents to fraud and covert operations.

Between 1995 and 1999, he was seconded to Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France where he was head of the economic crime department and he is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) national academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Sharp said: “I am very much looking forward to joining FACT — an organization that has gained a reputation for being dynamic and progressive. I hope that the knowledge and experience I bring from all aspects of my police career can ensure that FACT continues to be very much at the forefront of the fight against piracy.”

FACT chairman Brian Robertson added: “FACT as an organization has developed immeasurably in the past two years and it is to the credit of Raymond Leinster and the efforts of all his team that we have been able to attract a replacement of Kieron’s caliber and experience.”

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