Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Boycott started as a beat PC within Cheshire Police in 1992. During this time, she has risen through the ranks to become one of the most senior women in UK policing.
She joined West Midlands Police in May 2017 as an Assistant Chief Constable and has responsibility for the local policing portfolio, and intervention and prevention is one of the areas she leads on. Her previous ACC role at Cheshire Police also saw responsibility for the local policing portfolio, as well as public contact and uniform operations.
In addition, ACC Boycott also worked with the United Nations between 2006 and 2008, overseeing police projects in war-torn parts of Africa. Based in New York. The role saw her manage the international policing response to crises in places like Sudan and Darfur and negotiating police officer contributions from all corners of the globe, establishing a police presence in these challenging areas and ensuring local people were being trained as police officers.
ACC Boycott has worked for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary. Interestingly, she was part of a HMIC inspection team that visited WMP headquarters in 2015 to assess if the force was offering the public good value for money and effective leadership. The following year, West Midlands Police was named as one of only two UK forces rated “outstanding.”
ACC Boycott has a BA in Public Policy and Administration and a Master’s Degree in Police Leadership and Management. She is married to a retired police officer and is also a keen mountaineer and runner, having taken part in a variety of mountain events and marathons.