Officers can speak directly to Chief Constable to influence uniformed policing

Olivia Pinkney takes over from Helen King as Uniformed Policing Professional Community Chair

‚ÄčThe Chief Constable of Hampshire has been appointed as the new Chair of the College's Uniformed Policing Professional Community. 

Olivia Pinkney (pictured) successfully applied to take up the role after the previous Chair, former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Helen King, recently retired from policing.

Olivia has been the Hampshire Constabulary chief since April 2016 and during that time her priorities have been protecting vulnerable people, reducing offending and making policing more transparent.

She is also the national lead for the policing of children and young people and the national chaplaincy lead for the police service.

Olivia is keen to play an active role in helping to shape the College's approach to supporting officers to do the best possible job in serving the public. 

If members have any issues around uniformed policing they can raise them directly with the Professional Community Chair who can offer advice and guidance or work with the College to find suitable solutions.

She said:

"I am passionate about uniformed policing, believing it to be at the heart of a healthy society where individuals and communities flourish.
"I am interested in how the College can support frontline staff and frontline supervisors. 
"The frontline provide the public with police services and make difficult decisions about threat, harm and risk to ensure that people are protected and kept safe.  I am also very interested in how we can better learn from mistakes and "near misses" to continuously improve as a service and policing professionals.

"I am a strong supporter of developing the wider workforce and am keen to see that the College provides to support to police staff, volunteers and Special Constables as well as police officers."

Olivia has previously been Deputy Chief Constable at Sussex Police and an Assistant Inspector of Constabulary with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.  She previously served as Assistant Chief Constable for both the Surrey and Sussex forces and was the national lead for the police on tackling organised immigration crime - including people trafficking.  She began her policing career with Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Outside of work, Olivia is a keen sports-watching mum, who enthusiastically joins in with many sports, and plays the piano to a distinctly average standard at her local church.

She was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the 2016 New Year's Honours list.

Olivia will be supported in her new role by Kerrin Wilson, who is a Temporary Chief Superintendent in Durham Constabulary.

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