New Year’s Honour for police chief

Chief Constable Simon Cole
Chief Constable Simon Cole

The Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, Simon Cole, has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in the New Year’s Honours List.

Chief Cons Cole, who lives in Harborough district, took up the position in June 2010 after working in the West Midlands and Hampshire.

He said: “I am thrilled and humbled in equal measure to be awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s Honours List.

“I am not sure who nominated me but I am aware of the level of achievement required to get this award, not least because I know that we as a force nominated some great people whose names don’t appear in the list.

“The medal is inscribed ‘guard my people’ and I hope that all the men and women of this force who strive every day to do just that across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland feel able to share a part of it, because it reflects their efforts just as much as it does mine.

“I would also like to acknowledge the support of my family, friends and my immediate team, as well as those colleagues nationally who support work on policing mental health and disability, and local policing and partnerships.”

Chief Cons Cole was educated at Market Bosworth Infants School, Abington Vale Middle School, Northampton, Manor High School, Oadby and St. Helena School, Colchester.

Having grown up in Leicestershire and Essex, he began his policing career as a constable in Birmingham before becoming staff officer to the chief constable and operations superintendent in Handsworth and later commander of Dudley South operational command unit.

In 2003, he transferred to Hampshire Constabulary as assistant chief constable (ACC) and became deputy chief constable in 2008.

In 2007 he was invited to be on the directing staff of the Strategic Command Course, lending his experience to the international course that trains senior officers and staff to work at chief officer level in the future.

As deputy chief constable, he was responsible for corporate planning, consultation, information and research, as well as diversity and performance.

He led work to merge IT departments with a neighbouring force, and led on both professional standards and collaboration.

Chief Cons Cole has led a national portfolio for the Association of Chief Police Officers ACPO on mental health and disability since September 2011.

In 2012 he was acknowledged by the Employers’ Forum on Disability as their Emergency Services Disability Champion in the Disability Standards Award.

In April 2012 Simon also became ACPO national lead for the Local Policing and Partnerships Business Area. This includes local policing, 101 and contact management, citizens in policing and digital engagement. He previously led nationally for ACPO on both crime statistics within the ACPO Crime Business Area, and on vetting within the ACPO Professional Standards Business Area.

Locally, he represents the force on the Strategic Partnership Board, working with partners from all over the force area to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

He also chairs the multi-agency Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Local Resilience Forum and the Force Executive Group, as well as representing the force in working with the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Simon leads for the East Midlands five-force collaborative workstream on Operational Support, including IT and Criminal Justice. He is also a trustee of the Leicester Sports Partnership Trust which aims to make Leicester the most active city in England.

When not at work he a committed family man with a young son and daughter, plays tennis, coaches junior rugby and enjoys watching the Tigers when work allows.

He chairs the Police Sport UK National Lawn Tennis Section.

Chief Cons Cole will receive his medal at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace later in 2014.