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Meet the Assistant Chief Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary...

Alison Roome-Gifford


Assistant Chief Constable Alison ROOME-GIFFORD 648 - Temporary Assistant Chief ConstableAlison was appointed ACC in August 2011.  Alison said of her role...


Quote (Open)I have lived and worked in Hertfordshire all of my life and I appreciate that people want their county to be a safer and better place to live and work in, and I am proud to be part of a force that works so hard to achieve this.

"I have spent a large part of my service talking and listening to local people and I see a big part of my role as designing and delivering a police service that meets their needs.


"I am passionate about promoting and developing good leaders at all levels of the Constabulary who can lead their teams well and can deliver what the public need.  By this, I mean it is as important that our police officers and police community support officers working on a local community problem display as much leadership and dedication as myself and my colleagues in the Chief Officer Team.

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After achieving a degree at Nottingham University she started her career with Hertfordshire Constabulary in 1982 and in 1987 she became the Constabulary’s first woman firearms officer.


During a period in the Tactical Firearms Unit she became a Sergeant and in 1991 she was promoted to Inspector.  For four years Alison was a Detective Inspector in the Child Protection Unit and became Chief Inspector of Operations based in Hertford in 1996.


Alison was promoted to Superintendent in 1998 and was Head of Corporate Development at Police Headquarters for two years dealing with strategic planning, performance and quality issues before becoming Divisional Commander at St Albans in 1999.  Alison held this post until June 2001 when she was appointed Chief Superintendent and Area Commander for the newly formed Central Area. During this time she was involved as a nationally trained police negotiator in the Stansted hijacking and as a Silver Commander at the Potters Bar Train Crash.  She has a passion for policing and teamwork and has led policing in the Central Area for the last 8 years.


Alison currently holds the post of Assistant Chief Constable Territorial Operations and is responsible for achieving performance targets and ensuring the service provided force wide meets public needs and expectations. She also holds the Criminal Justice portfolio. As the Leadership Champion within the Constabulary she is committed to the Force developing strong leaders now and to meet future policing challenges.


Alison lives in North Hertfordshire with her husband and two teenage children.