12 February 2020

Superintendents’ Association President appointed to College Board

The current President of the Police Superintendents’ Association, an experienced serving police officer, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director on the College of Policing Board.

​Chief Superintendent Paul Griffiths, joined the College of Policing Board last month, following an interview and selection process, which led to his appointment by the Government.

Paul, a Gwent police officer, has been working closely with the College for the past four years. Since 2016 he has been a member of the College's Professional Committee and has been an active member of committees working on areas such as Fast Track, Direct Entry, secondments, leadership and talent management.

Alongside this, Paul has driven forward a major workforce initiative on the national Coaching and Mentoring programme.  Working with College colleagues, the programme is now in its third year and aims to provide officers and staff with access to bespoke, informal coaching and mentoring to support their professional development.  The scheme looks to support officers and staff in under-represented groups and is now a core part of the National Valuing Difference agenda.

Paul has served in both uniform and detective ranks throughout his career and was elected as President of the Police Superintendents' Association in 2019.

He has performed operational, investigative and organisational roles for his force. He is a Senior Investigating Officer, Strategic Firearms Commander, Authorising Officer and a Negotiator Co-ordinator. He previously led one of the largest modern slavery investigations in the United Kingdom.

Chief Constable Mike Cunningham, College of Policing CEO, said: "I am delighted to welcome Paul to the College of Policing Board. He brings a wealth of experience from his extensive policing career and will provide a vital contribution to help us strengthen our connection with the frontline, deliver important pieces of work and add operational insight to our decision making."

Paul Griffiths said: "It's a real privilege to have been appointed to the College Board, which plays such an important role in setting the strategic direction of the College. 

"I will draw on my experience to support and influence the future of our Service.  As we look to grow our workforce on a scale never attempted before, it is vital that the standards and professionalism on which we pride ourselves, continue to guide all that we do."

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