The organisation, an advisory and consultative body made up of the UK’s chief constables, has put Gardiner in charge of communicating its policies to the media and raising its profile.
She replaces Tim Mahoney, who is leaving after less than six months to join the Cabinet Office as police liaison officer for the GICS. Gardiner will report to ACPO president Chris Fox.
‘There are challenges facing the police – not least that crime is falling, yet the fear of crime seems to be rising,’ said Gardiner. ‘The police have a role to play in showing that policing is working, and that the service being delivered to the public is more effective, more professional and is equipped to tackle crime at all levels.’
At the Home Office, Gardiner handled PR for the police and terrorism department. ‘I enjoyed doing PR for the police but wanted to get away from the government side of it,’ she added.