Simon Cole QPM

Chief Constable

Simon became Chief Constable of Leicestershire in June 2010.  He joined West Midlands Police on the Graduate Entry Scheme working in Birmingham in a variety of uniform roles.  Simon joined Hampshire Constabulary in 2003 as Assistant Chief Constable and became Deputy Chief Constable in 2008.

Simon has worked on various National Portfolios.   In 2012 he became Chairman for the NPCC Local Policing and Partnerships Coordinating Committee. He leads the Digital Public Contact Board and sits at the National Police Reform and Transformation Board.

In 2015 Simon was asked to lead work for the NPCC on the Prevent strategy to counter radicalisation, and on the collaborative opportunities available through the procurement of both interpreting services and uniform.

Locally Simon represents the Force on Strategic Partnership Board along with partners and is chair of the multi-agency Local Resilience Forum. He is Vice President of Leicestershire Guides and Scouts.

Simon is a committed family man with a son and daughter.  He is a keen sportsman and coaches and referees junior rugby.   He chairs the Leicestershire Police Sports and Leisure Section, Force Benevolent Fund and Police Sport UK National Lawn Tennis and Rugby Sections, and is Vice Chairman of the PSUK National Cricket Section.

Simon has a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Durham, an MA in History from University College, Worcester, and a Diploma in Criminology and Policing from Cambridge University.

In 2014 Simon was awarded both the Queen’s Police Medal and an Honorary Doctor of Arts by De Montfort University.


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