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Nick has more than 29 years' police service. He first joined Norfolk Constabulary in September 1992, where he gained experience first in uniformed roles such as patrol and custody, before periods in the control room, corporate support and neighbourhood policing. He has also spent time within investigations.
Promotion to Inspector saw Nick oversee rural policing across the Fenland area following a high profile event and this included working in one of the first cross border units alongside Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire police forces.
A spell in CID at Detective Inspector level within Norwich led to his promotion to Chief Inspector where Nick was responsible for the city centre neighbourhood sectors, custody, special constabulary and roads policing.
In 2004 Nick returned to the west of the county to take up a position as District Superintendent for Kings Lynn and Breckland. He remained there after a force restructure until he was transferred to Norwich as the District Commander. Prior to being promoted to Assistant Chief Constable, Nick was head of CID and then Chief Superintendent for the county’s local policing structure.
He was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable within Norfolk in June 2013 and was made substantive ACC in May 2016; he became temporary Deputy Chief Constable in October 2016. Nick was substantively promoted to DCC in February 2017.
He was appointed as the Chief Constable at Cambridgeshire Constabulary in September 2018.
In his role as Chief, Nick is the NPCC Lead for Charging under the Criminal Justice Coordination Committee and NPCC Lead for Forensics under the Crime Coordination Committee. Nick is also an assessor at the Senior Police Assessment Centre and one of the Co-directors.
Formerly a Commander with City of London Police, Jane joins the force with 27 years of both operational experience and business skills.
Deputy Chief Constable Jane Gyford said: 'It's a privilege to join the force I am looking forward to getting out and meeting people in every department to really understand how things are done here, and learn what I can do to support you all.
'My focus in the coming months and years will be on supporting Chief Constable Nick Dean to deliver against the Police and Crime Plan and to ensure we build on the one team ethos, through partnerships both internally and externally.
'I have been impressed with the work I have seen in Cambridgeshire already and look forward to helping us achieving further success in the future.'
Vicki Evans, who previously held the role of temporary ACC at Dyfed-Powys Police, joined the team in Cambridgeshire in May 2020.
Vicki joined the police service in 2001 and began her career with Hertfordshire Constabulary. She has worked in varying roles such as response policing, crime investigation, serious and organised crime and covert policing.
In 2009 she transferred to Bedfordshire Police and worked at various ranks in crime investigation and organisational support roles, including Detective Chief Inspector for Luton and South Bedfordshire, and more recently as Detective Superintendent for crime.
In January 2018, Vicki transferred to Dyfed-Powys Police as Chief Superintendent of Territorial Policing, before being promoted to Temporary ACC in November 2018 with responsibility for operational policing for the force.
Vicki led the force strategic response for Mental Health and the Early Action Together programme, and was chair of the Local Resilience Forum for Dyfed Powys.
Jon is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) having qualified for full membership of the Chartered Institute of Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) in 2004.
He joined the Constabulary in December 2019 as Chief Finance Officer and Director of Resources.
His portfolio includes Finance, Estates, Payroll, Insurance, Uniform Stores, Fleet and Procurement.
As the CFO and S151 Officer Jon has a key role for the Constabulary in the financial governance of the tri-force collaboration between Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) and other areas of collaboration.
Jon brings 9 years of shared service experience to the Constabulary’s partnership arrangements.
Immediately prior to joining the Constabulary he had the role of Head of Integrated Finance Services leading a team of professional staff across multiple locations delivering finance services to a range of public sector bodies including County, Unitary and Districts Councils and a Fire Authority.
Jon joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1999.
He worked in a number of Neighbourhood Policing and CID roles as a Constable and Sergeant. Upon his promotion to Detective Inspector he accredited as a PIP 3 Senior Investigating Officer (SIO). He was a Detective Chief Inspector for 6 years, where he performed the role of Head of CID at both Peterborough and Cambridge. He also spent time as Detective Chief Inspector in the Force’s Public Protection Department. He then spent 2 years as an SIO within the Major Crime Unit.
On promotion to Superintendent in 2014 he was Head of Corporate Development before moving on to become Area Commander for the South of the County (a location with 550,000 residents covering nearly 1000 sq miles). He then took on the role of Head of Major Crime for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
Jon is an experienced Public Order/Public Safety Gold Commander, a Strategic Firearms Commander and PIP4 Strategic Investigator. Jon has a keen interest in Behavioural Science and has sat on the NPCC Behavioural Science Committee for a number of years.
Sarah has been head of corporate communications since July 2013, following two years as marketing manager for the Constabulary.
Sarah has worked for a number of public, private and third sector organisations during her career, although the majority of her time has been spent working in the police service - both locally and nationally.
Responsible for developing and delivering long term communication strategies for the force, in line with the organisation's aims and objectives, Sarah is the senior communications advisor to Chief Officers and the Force Executive Board. She is also responsible for ensuring the consistency in communications across a variety of channels to both internal and external audiences, through the communications team.
Sarah has a BA (Hons) in Journalism, is a qualified journalist, has a Chartered Institute of Public Relations diploma and a Chartered Management Institute diploma in management and leadership.
Sarah is a member of the Force Executive Board, is based at headquarters in Huntingdon and reports directly to Chief Constable Nick Dean.
Sarah said: 'The aim of the department is to effectively keep both internal colleagues and members of the public informed about the force.
'We seek to prevent crime and reassure the public through engaging with our communities and delivering regular awareness campaigns through the means of both traditional and social media.'
Rachel was appointed the Director of Human Resources (HR) for the collaborated Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire forces in April 2016.
Previously, Rachel was the Director of HR for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies between 2010 and 2016. During her time with Norfolk and Suffolk, Rachel led the collaboration of the two HR departments as well as leading on harmonisation for pay and conditions whilst successfully completing the Strategic Command Course.
She was appointed Director of HR for Suffolk in March 2010 but took up the newly created joint role for the two forces in January 2011.
Her career in HR started in the Health Service, before spending 13 years at Nottingham City Council, working her way up through various HR management positions across a number of departments, including Social Services, Leisure and Community Services, City Treasurer’s Department and Corporate HR.
In 2006, Rachel joined Kettering Borough Council as their Head of HR, before relocating to Suffolk in 2010 to take up the role of Director of HR with the County’s Police Force.
John joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary from the Metropolitan Police in 2020 becoming Head of our Protecting Vulnerable People Department.
In 2022 John was promoted to Head of Crime and Vulnerability and has strategic lead for the following areas:
John brings a breadth of investigative and leadership experience from Special Branch, Counter Terrorism and Specialist and Economic Crime. He has worked within numerous terrorism, espionage and corruption investigations in the UK and overseas including Afghanistan. He was also Deputy SIO within the phone hacking investigation (Operation Weeting) and led murder investigations in the Met’s Homicide Command for over 4 years.
Passionate about harnessing evidence-based research to deliver crime reduction and safeguarding initiatives in Cambs, John designed our VAWG strategy and established our Vulnerability Focus Desks and new Child Exploitation Hub. He is currently a PIP 3 Senior Investigator and Strategic Firearms Commander.
John holds Masters’ Degrees in History and Criminology from Oxford and Cambridge Universities and in 2019 published research on forecasting and preventing knife crime; this was presented at a Home Affairs Select Committee.
“It’s a privilege to be part of this leadership team and my aim is to continue to listen, learn and improve how we protect our community”