Meet the Assistant Chief
Constable of Hertfordshire Constabulary...
Alison was appointed ACC in August 2011. Alison said
of her role...
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.
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
Alison lives in North Hertfordshire
with her husband and two teenage children.