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Chief Constable David Shaw

David began his police career in 1979 at West Midlands Police.  There he enjoyed a wide range of roles and ranks including Uniform Duties, CID, Air Operations Planning and Senior Operational Command. 

In 2004 David was successful in selection for the Senior Command Course at the Police Staff College, Bramshill.  That year he also gained a post graduate diploma in Criminology at Cambridge University. 

On graduating from the Senior Command Course David secured the post of Assistant Chief Constable, West Midlands Police where he had responsibility for Local Policing, Criminal Justice and ICT.  In 2006 he took on responsibility for Crime and Counter Terrorism at a time when the threat from attack was at its height. 

In 2008 he was appointed Deputy Chief Constable at West Mercia Police and in 2011 was made Chief Constable, which for him is a "dream job".  Joining this force was a little like coming home, as David has lived in the force area in Worcestershire since 2001. 

David holds a number of national roles including leading the ACPO Conflict Management Portfolio which incorporates Firearms, Public Order, Control and Restraint, Dogs, Mounted and Uniform. 

He is also ACPO Lead on fingerprinting and is currently the Senior Responsible Officer for delivering a new fingerprints system and which is also exploring how other biometric systems can link across policing and other criminal justice agencies.

David is also very proud to be Chair of British Police Rugby.

Away from work, he is part of a big, busy family and together with his wife, Juliet, they have three (now big) kids, a very friendly but slightly deranged dog and a sociopathic cat.

His love of rugby also includes being a long time fan of Worcester Warriors Rugby Club and he enjoys time with friends, family, taking part in triathlons and playing music badly.


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