Biography of Max Sahota

Faculty Lead Organisational Development & International Support

​Max joined the police service in 1987 and spent the early part of his career with Warwickshire Police, before securing promotion to Chief Superintendent with West Midlands Police, the second largest force in the UK.  He was the Commander for Coventry City and worked with strategic partner agencies, including the Local Authority, Fire Service and NHS, to implement Neighbourhood Management.  In 2007, Max was selected for the Strategic Command Course and on graduating he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police.  During his 27 years police service he has led many high performing teams, in both crime and uniformed operations functions.  Max has also operated as a specialist Staff Officer with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in London inspecting forces across England and Wales.

He has led on high profile national policing operations, including English Defence League protests, animal rights protests and cross border firearms operations.  Max was the Strategic Gold Commander for the Yorkshire and the Humber region, coordinating operations with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and the Metropolitan Police Service.

Max has led on all Chief Officer policing portfolios in South Yorkshire, including Territorial functions and Specialist Policing, including Serious and Organised Crime, Firearms and Major Crime Investigations.  At a regional level, he was the Director for Crime Collaboration across the North East of the Country and led on a number of successful projects, including the merger of forensic science services saving £9 Million and the creation of the region's organised crime team.

He is the national policing lead for Senior Police Leadership and Vehicle Crime.  Max has established a thriving public/private sector partnership arrangement (ACPO Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service) to support forces nationally to improve vehicle crime performance.  Over 4 years, 2010-2014, vehicle crime across the UK has reduced by 24.6%.

Max was recently appointed as the Head of International Standards and Organisational Development with the new College of Policing.  This is an exciting opportunity to influence and shape the future landscape of British Policing, nationally and internationally.

Max holds a BSc degree in Chemistry, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Diploma in Management. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

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