Surrey Chief Constable Gavin Stephens has been elected to Chair the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) which brings forces across the UK together to co-ordinate, reform, and improve policing.
He will take up his post in April 2023, when the outgoing Chair Martin Hewitt QPM steps down in March 2023 after serving a four-year term. Nationally, Stephens has played a major role in developing neighbourhood policing, using his knowledge and experience from Surrey to inform the approach, resulting in outstanding gradings for preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, and the receipt of national awards for problem solving.
Currently the Chair of the NPCC Finance Co-ordination Committee, as well as the National Communications Advisory Group, Stephens said he was looking forward to leading the organisation to build on the work in improving policing and keeping communities safe.
He joined Surrey Police in 1996 and since that time has served at every rank and across a wide range of areas including Serious and Organised Crime, Professional Standards, and Neighbourhood Policing. He became Chief Constable in April 2019. For further information on the NPCC viswww.npcc.police.uk