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Simon Parr was appointed Chief Constable for Cambridgeshire in September 2010, following three years as the Deputy Chief Constable in Hertfordshire.
He joined Hertfordshire Constabulary in January 2004 and served as Deputy Chief Constable from 2006, during which time he was responsible for Corporate Services, which includes Human Resources, organisational planning and development and change management. He is also the Eastern Region SRO for ICT, drawing all six forces together to deliver the NPIA Convergence Strategy by 2015. The Programme he chairs is currently in the process of delivering what will be the first Champion System under the ISIS Strategy and has extended regional collaboration to include the City of London and Kent Police.
He previously spent 20 years with Sussex Police, during which time he was head of control rooms department and also commander of East Downs Division. Simon was latterly head of the Operations Department for Sussex Police and was involved in the management of several major incidents; most noticeably the Lewes floods in 2000 and the public order policing of several party conferences in Brighton.
He is responsible for the introduction of the police national mobilisation plan across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and for UK policing response to industrial action in the prison service and has recently taken on the national portfolio for Emergency Procedures. This work involves working closely with the Home Office and Cabinet Office to develop national resilience plans in order to prepare the country for future major incidents and emergencies.
He is now working with colleagues in his new force to deliver a policing service that meets public need whilst working within the constraints of the new funding arrangements. He is not interested in simply making cuts but is looking to find efficiencies and redesign the policing services that are delivered in order to get the maximum operational efficiencies out of the money available to the Constabulary.
Simon is a Member of Windsor Leadership Trust, a charitable organisation designed to develop leaders across private and public sector in Britain.