FORMER Scotland Yard detective Gary Peace has returned to the Isle of Wight Council cabinet.

Cllr Peace has been given the community safety and public protection portfolio, after Cllr Tig Outlaw stepped down in November.

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Cllr Peace, who represents the Ventnor West ward, will return to his former cabinet role after a break due to personal circumstances in 2018.

A former police officer, Cllr Peace worked at Scotland Yard for 18 years in both uniformed and detective roles.

The community safety portfolio now incorporates digital transformation to reflect the changing needs of the Island.

Cllr Peace said: “Digital is an area in which I have a great deal of expert knowledge, specifically in relation to cyber/information security and digital forensics.

“For the last eight years of my police service, I investigated misuse of the Metropolitan Police corporate network and any information leakage from it.

"I also sat at board level for information and technical security as the professional standards and anti-corruption representative.”

After leaving the force, Cllr Peace managed the computer forensics and internet investigation laboratories for the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and, following its merger with the Competition Commission, led on the creation of the Digital Investigations and Intelligence Laboratories for the new regulator, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Married to Alicia, the father-of-two has run his own cyber and information security consultancy, specialising in insider threat, counter-corporate espionage and cyber security, since 2013.

He is also a founding governor and the current vice-chair of the governing body at the Island Free School in Ventnor.

Council leader Cllr Dave Stewart, himself a former senior detective with Hampshire Constabulary, said: “He brings a great deal of experience to the role, particularly in relation to digital technology, and I look forward to working with him."