Nikki Holland – The National Crime Agency director of investigations

Nikki Holland joined Merseyside Police in 1988 and was initially posted to North Liverpool, Merseyside. She later went on to work in other areas of Knowsley and Liverpool. Nikki led the reduction of crime and disorder across every aspect of policing and was a key member of the Safeguarding Children Board and other partnership forums. Nikki went on to become the Area Commander in Sefton between 2012 – 2014 on promotion as a Chief Superintendent.

In April 2017, Nikki was promoted to Director of Investigations in the National Crime Agency (NCA). She has responsibility for the management of NCA Investigations, in response to serious and organised crime. She also has responsibility in her portfolio for specialist investigations, border command, economic crime, serious crime review, child sexual abuse and exploitation, economic crime, specialist support including the armed operations unit, forensics and technical operations alongside all national investigations.

This month Nikki received the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) which is awarded to police officers in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations, for gallantry or distinguished service.

My School:

St Andrew’s Primary School Maghull and Old Hall High School which is now Maghull High, I believe.

My Favourite Teacher:

Mrs Quirk, she was my sociology teacher and a lovely woman.

My Favourite Subject at School:

Definitely sociology, it also helped that my favourite teacher took the subject.

Were you streetwise or a bit of a geek?

I was definitely a streetwise girl.

My Favourite Childhood Singer/Band:

I had a very eclectic choice in music which varied with anything from Gary Newman to Take That.

My Favourite Extra-Curricular Activity:

I definitely loved socialising with my friends.

Do you remember your first school crush?

Yes, Robbie Williams when he was in Take That.

My Favourite Book:

Jemima J by Jane Green, I found it a brilliantly funny and honest novel.

School Dinners:

Nice. I quite enjoyed my school dinners and didn’t see why people complained.

My Ambitions at School:

To be in the police. I am actually the fourth generation of my family to serve with the police, so really I was destined to join them.

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