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Dave Thompson is our Chief Constable, and has been since 2016. Before this, he joined us as Deputy Chief Constable in 2010.

In his current role, Dave sets our direction alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner’s plan. He wants to create a modern police service that:

  • prevents crime
  • protects people
  • helps those in need

Alongside his role as Chief Constable, Dave is also:

  • Chair of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Security Board
  • Vice Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council

Before joining us, Dave worked for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) for 20 years. He has a degree in Law from the University of Liverpool.

During his time with GMP, he led on:


  • policing the 2002 Commonwealth Games
  • policing Central Manchester
  • portfolios for operations, local policing and terrorism, amongst others

Dave received the Queen’s Police Medal in 2014 for services to policing. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands in 2020 for his work in the community.

Follow Dave on Twitter.


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