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Alec Wood was appointed as Chief Constable for Cambridgeshire Constabulary in September 2015.
Alec’s policing career began in Lincolnshire as a police constable in 1986. He progressed through each rank up to Chief Superintendent serving in uniform and CID roles, including as Head of Crime and District Commander. In 2009 he was appointed the Temporary Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) responsible for Protective Services.
During his time in Lincolnshire Alec oversaw a number of high profile investigations including the murder of schoolboy Luke Walmsley in 2003. He also received bravery commendations for disarming a man with a knife during an incident in Boston in 1988 and rescuing a woman from a fire in 1992.
On completion of the Strategic Command Course in 2010 he was appointed the ACC of Operational Policing in Derbyshire where he led work to create a five force major crime unit investigating murders and other serious crimes across the East Midlands. Whilst in this role Alec also led serious investigations such as the murder of Jai Ashton in 2011.
In 2012 Alec returned to Lincolnshire as Temporary Deputy Chief Constable and Acting Chief Constable before joining Cambridgeshire Constabulary as Deputy Chief Constable in 2013. As Deputy Chief Constable Alec became the national lead for Behavioural Science, a role he continues to manage.
Alec is also Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) Operations Co-ordinating Committee. This role sees Alec working with other police chiefs and leaders from governmental and non-governmental organisations from across the country to drive forward operational policing and community safety issues and developing best practice.
Alec attained an M.A. in Criminology from the University of Keele which focused on the ethics of policing and criminal justice.
Alec said: “I am extremely proud to be the chief constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, an open, accessible and responsive force that works hard to meet the needs of those who visit, live or work in the county."