Chief Constable Dave Jones QPM
Dave Jones was appointed Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police on 3 June 2013. He joined North Yorkshire Police with a wealth of knowledge and experience, gained from two previous police forces.
Dave is a graduate of both the University of Liverpool (politics and economics) and the University of Manchester (a Masters with distinction in police management).
He began his policing career in 1986 at Greater Manchester Police, initially working at Salford. Over the course of his time at GMP he held a variety of uniform and CID roles, including senior positions. As a Detective Superintendent he led on homicide investigations, diversity and intelligence management projects. In 2002, he was promoted to Chief Superintendent: Head of Crime Support. In January 2004 he was responsible for merging Crime Support and Crime Investigation branches to create Headquarters CID. He subsequently became Head of CID, with responsibility for the investigation of the most complex and serious offences.
From February 2006 until April 2007 Dave Jones became Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, with responsibility for tackling serious and organised crime, counter terrorism and scientific services. This was followed a secondment to British Telecom (April to September 2007) as part of BT Global Services Management Team, to develop an identity services strategy.
In January 2008, he qualified from the Strategic Command Course – the prerequisite for the most senior roles in policing.
Later that year, Dave Jones took up the post of Assistant Chief Constable at Police Service Northern Ireland, subsequently assuming command of the Rural Region – which covers most of Northern Ireland’s geography and population. During this time (in 2010) he was awarded Chartered Manager status by the Chartered Institute of Management, and was named at the Northern Ireland Chartered Manager of the year – a rare award for a police officer.
In 2013, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, Julia Mulligan, appointed Dave Jones as Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police – making him the first ACC in England to have been appointed directly to a Chief’s position. Since that time he has worked with senior officers and staff to modernize and improve the service, and has successfully maintained North Yorkshire’s position in the top three safest places to live in the country, despite the significant financial challenges facing all police forces.
In May 2016, Dave Jones took temporary command of South Yorkshire Police as Interim Chief Constable, to provide leadership for the service until SYP could recruit and appoint a permanent Chief. He returned to his permanent post as Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police police in July that same year.
As well as representing the region and the service on numerous national boards and committees, Dave Jones is the National Police Chief’s Council leader for citizens in policing, where he is helping to develop stronger links between communities and the police through volunteering. He is also the national lead for rural and wildlife crime – a matter of particular relevance to North Yorkshire’s communities. Since June 2010 he has been the National Negotiating Secretary for the Chief Police Officer Staff Association (CPOSA) and is a member of CPOSA National Executive.
On 1 January 2017, Dave Jones was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s Honours list for distinguished service.
He lives in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire with his wife and family.
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