After graduating from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1982 as an Army Officer, Shaun attended the Army School of Ammunition and became a Bomb Disposal Officer initially covering London from a base in Hounslow before a tour of Northern Ireland in one of the busiest periods in the history of the province where he dealt with 108 devices. It was during this tour that he was awarded the Queens Gallantry Medal for Bravery.

He then joined the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in 1991 and served for 25 years in a variety of roles and ranks, the majority spent leading the MPS Firearms Command Unit SCO19. This included the London Bombings in 2005, the terrorist murder of British soldier Lee Rigby in 2013 through to developing the London response to the emerging terrorist threat after the Mumbai atrocity, which still remains current today. He also led the National Firearms Response to the Olympic Games as a Strategic Firearms Commander in 2012 and was also the Chief Firearms Instructor who developed the Firearms training program for the National Response provided to the Games.

In his final year of service he was selected to attend the Indian Police Staff College as an advisor to the Senior National Police course on issues such as Command & Control and Counter Terrorist issues.


Shaun is married with 1 daughter and is now a Grandfather to ‘Teddy’ who is 3 years old. In his spare time he loves to snow ski and he has recently completed a yoga instructor’s course.      

List of Talks with Powerpoint

Developing Senior Firearms Commanders – Qualities and Training

Royal Military College Sandhurst – a British Institution

Policing in India – a UK perspective

Scotland Yard – History and significant moments

Royal Marine All Arms Commando Course –History and personal experiences

Brighton – London-by-the-sea – the Victorians and how it developed

Touring in Scotland* on a motorbike (*also Spain)

Walking in Scotland – ‘West Highland Way’ – ‘Great Glenn Way’

Shaun Dowe QGM

Law and Crime