Peter Neyroud

Peter Ney­roud joined Hamp­shire Con­stab­u­lary in 1980 after read­ing His­to­ry at Oxford. He served in all ranks from Con­sta­ble to Detec­tive Super­in­ten­dent and in roles rang­ing from Uni­form beat offi­cer, Vice Squad, Com­mu­ni­ty Rela­tions, Pub­lic Order Com­man­der and Senior Detec­tive. He was appoint­ed Assis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble in West Mer­cia in 1998 and was respon­si­ble for all the sup­port func­tions – con­trol rooms, crim­i­nal jus­tice, Human Resources, ICT and Pro­fes­sion­al stan­dards – before being pro­mot­ed Deputy Chief and tak­ing over the Ter­ri­to­r­i­al Oper­a­tions role in 2000. He was the nation­al lead for Police Use of Firearms. In 2002 he became the Chief Con­sta­ble of Thames Val­ley – the largest non-met­ro­pol­i­tan force. He became a Vice-Pres­i­dent of ACPO in 2005.

He moved to the Home Office in 2006 as the Chief Exec­u­tive Des­ig­nate of the Nation­al Polic­ing Improve­ment Agency and, whilst cre­at­ing the agency, was also the Home Office Direc­tor for Police ICT and Sci­ence. He led the £3bn Air­wave pro­gramme to pro­vide police radios, includ­ing the instal­la­tion of radio in the Lon­don under­ground and for the Olympics and the IMPACT pro­gramme to cre­ate the Police Nation­al Data­base. He became the Chief Con­sta­ble, Chief Exec­u­tive and Account­ing Offi­cer for the NPIA, when it was suc­cess­ful­ly vest­ed in 2007, merg­ing 5 dif­fer­ent organ­i­sa­tions (2000 staff and £1bn) and bring­ing togeth­er the Lead­er­ship, Train­ing, ICT, Sci­ence, Spe­cial­ist crime and nation­al infra­struc­ture for the Police ser­vice for the first time. He was also a mem­ber of the Sen­tenc­ing Guide­lines Coun­cil, Parole Board, Nation­al Polic­ing Board, Nation­al Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Board and Counter-Ter­ror­ism Board.

He is a wide­ly pub­lished author of books, arti­cles and papers on polic­ing and Edi­tor of the Oxford Jour­nal of Polic­ing. He retired from the police ser­vice in Decem­ber 2010 to move to Cam­bridge Uni­ver­si­ty, where he is doing research on crime harm. His last piece of work in polic­ing was a “fun­da­men­tal review of Police Lead­er­ship and Train­ing” for the Home Sec­re­tary, which is due to pub­lished in Feb­ru­ary 2011. He is mar­ried to Sarah – a teacher of music –and they have four chil­dren (20 years to 10 years).