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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 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 the national policing lead for information management. This work involves working closely with the Home Office and College of Policing to develop the way in which the service uses its information and makes innovative use of new technologies to make people safer and drive efficiency.
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. As a consequence he has become involved in the development and use of ICT in policing to ensure more efficient working and preservation of the frontline. This has led to him becoming a member of the APCC Police ICT Board and Co-Chair of Microsofts Worldwide Public Safety and Justice Advisory Council.
He is very proud of the performance of the Constabulary and in particular the staff who, despite an enormous programme of change during which every role has come under scrutiny, and large amounts of money being taken from the budget, have ensured that performance continues to improve.
Simon is a Member of Windsor Leadership Trust, a charitable organisation designed to develop leaders across private and public sector in Britain