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Assistant Chief Constable Chris Singer - Protective Services


Chris joined Devon and Cornwall Police in 1986, working first in Cornwall before moving to Plymouth where he undertook roles on response, as an authorised firearms officer and then CID. Joining the Child Protection Team, Chris spent some years investigating serious offences against children gaining a commendation for his investigation into the murder of a young child and subsequent conviction of the offender.

On promotion to Sergeant, Chris was seconded for a period to the Princes' Trust as a team leader, enabling him to follow one of his passions - helping young people to succeed. Returning from that Chris held posts in local policing and then as a Detective Sergeant dealing with intelligence, before being promoted to Inspector and being successful in joining the High Potential Development Scheme.

As a Chief Inspector Chris led force custody provision, playing a key role in the development of national doctrine for the safer handing of detainees. He led the introduction of full time medical care embedded in custody units.

On further promotion Chris has held roles as the Local Commander for Torbay, developing effective relationships with public and private sector partners there before moving to Headquarters to undertake work in relation to public confidence. Throughout this time Chris maintained his role as an operational commander for firearms, public order and other serious incidents. Chris was responsible for the Devon and Cornwall policing operation for the arrival of the Olympic Torch in 2012, and then formed part of the command cohort at the Olympic Sailing event in Weymouth.

Finishing the Olympics Chris took temporary command for Plymouth, before then spending a year working full time embedded with Plymouth City Council as a seconded member of the executive team, helping to identify and reap gains from stronger collaboration across the public and voluntary sector.

Completing the Strategic Command Course in 2015, Chris took up the role of head of Force Business Change, leading a complex change programme both within Devon and Cornwall and across the alliance with Dorset Police. He was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police on 7th December 2015, and was responsible for the Protective Services Portfolio. In August 2016 Chris was promoted to Temporary Deputy Chief Constable.

After 6 months in the role of Temporary Deputy Chief Constable for West Mercia Police, Chris has now reverted to his substantive Assistant Chief Constable role leading the Protective Services Directorate for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police.

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