Born in Karachi, Pakistan Shabnam came to London with her family at the age of two and settled in the East End of London where she lived and was educated in Newham.
In 1989, despite family and community pressures she achieved her dream goal and joined the Metropolitan Police Service.
Shabnam is a role model, both internally and externally across London and has received a number of awards, including the National & International Leadership awards in for her contributions to policing, in particular her work around forced marriage and Honor Based Violence. During 2017, she was nominated for, and won the national No2H8 Crime Award for her ‘Outstanding Contribution’ to the fight against hate crime.
In 2016 she developed her own unique ‘Girls Allowed’ brand and has hosted themed events across London, the most recent in 2018, Tackling Knife & Hate Crime in Partnership with over 400 attendees, including key note address from the Deputy Mayor of Policing & Crime.
In her personal life she enjoys adventure activity travelling to remote places, trekking the Andes and is known to take on challenges completely outside of her comfort zone. She has cycled, across Vietnam, South Africa and most recently Amritsar to Shimla, covering over 300 miles, accenting to more than 35,000 feet over 10 days into altitude.
Shabnam currently remains the MPS only Muslim female detective at this rank