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Chief Constable Martin Jelley QPM


Martin began his policing career with Norfolk Constabulary in 1988, serving 16 years with Norfolk, both in CID and operational roles, which included a secondment to the Foreign Office in 2003 and working in Malawi to help set up their police service's intelligence and crime management systems. On his return, he headed Norfolk's Anti-Corruption unit in Professional Standards, before being promoted on transfer to Suffolk Police, where he headed up Suffolk Police's Professional Standards Department.

In 2006, as Chief Superintendent and Basic Command Unit (BCU) Commander, he led the amalgamation of the Eastern and Southern policing areas in Suffolk, which encompassed the towns of Ipswich and Lowestoft.

Martin joined Northamptonshire Police from Suffolk Constabulary in October 2009. During his first two years as Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) in Northamptonshire, he was responsible for Territorial Policing. He initiated and led for the force on the first two years of Operation Guardian, a large scale, countywide initiative that significantly reduced crimes of robbery, burglary and vehicle crime in Northamptonshire. In 2011 he took on the ACC portfolio for Crime and Justice in the county. Whilst in this role he oversaw the force investigation and subsequent worldwide manhunt for the murderer of a Chinese family of four in Northampton.

Martin became Deputy Chief Constable in February 2013. In this role he led the Northamptonshire Police Programme "Aspire" which transformed policing services within tight financial restrictions.

Martin became the new Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police on 1st April 2015. In this role, with alliance partners West Mercia Police, he has set out the joint vision for building an alliance for the future and the way in which policing services will be delivered moving towards 2020.

He has been the National Policing lead for Vetting since 2010 and in 2015 became the NPCC lead for Professional Standards and Ethics. As the national portfolio holder for police vetting, Martin has overseen the introduction of Biometric vetting nationally and the development of a new College of Policing professional vetting code of practice which will be launched shortly.

Martin was awarded the Queens Police Medal (QPM) in New Years Honours in 2016.

Martin is married with two children, and his interests include rugby and skiing.

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