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Hampshire Constabulary

Who we are

About the force, our leaders, local commanders and obituaries of serving and former officers and staff who have sadly passed away.

About the force

Find out who we are, how we work with others, what we cost and how we are held to account.

We are one of the biggest forces in the country delivering policing services to the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We’ve retained a strong neighbourhood policing approach and have more police officers in frontline roles than average.

Our purpose is to deliver SAFER communities and the scale of this challenge includes:

  • policing across 1,500 square miles, land which is largely rural but with densely populated cities.
  • the changing face of crime, with similar trends to those nationally in terms of increased reports of cyber-crime, child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse.
  • a significant transport network including the M27 and M3, key rail hubs and two international airports.
  • critical national infrastructure sites to keep safe such as the ports in Southampton and Portsmouth and crucial oil refineries.

Partnership, innovation and technology

We are independently recognised as efficient, with innovation in partnership and technology playing a key part. We are innovative in our partnerships including a shared headquarters with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. This is important because public services that work together are more effective and cost the public less money.

Our HR and finance teams are shared with Hampshire’s council and fire services, a number of neighbourhood policing teams are located with councils, we have a well-developed partnership with Thames Valley Police, and benefit from close working with criminal justice partners.

Other innovation includes our award-winning forensics partnership with Portsmouth University.

We are developing further partnerships with new approaches to tackling cyber-crime and as we tackle the increased reporting of crimes such as child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse.

We were the first force to issue body worn video cameras to all frontline officers and have been recognised for the quality of our demand analysis, something which is helping us build strong plans for the future.

What we cost

Our cost to the public is the second lowest in the country, which means it’s great value for money, but we need to try new approaches to keep within our budget.

Two-thirds of our budget comes from national government. £80m of efficiency has been delivered since 2010, and the force was graded ‘outstanding’ for short- and long-term financial sustainability in 2015, and in 2016 was recognised as having good plans to address future demand on services.

The force now employs 5,000 people, having reduced its workforce by 23%, against a national average of 15%.

While being efficient and operating at a lower cost is good for taxpayers, there is a point at which further efficiency cannot be achieved without compromising the effectiveness of local services.

For us this point will be reached by 2021 unless the residents of Hampshire receive a fair national funding formula. Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney outlined the case for fair fundingin early 2017.

Scrutiny and accountability

It’s important that all police forces are held to account for their activity. We are scrutinised by a wide range of formal and informal bodies, ensuring that we deliver in a professional manner that is in line with the College of Policing’s code of ethics.

As well as our own internal learning teams, widespread performance tracking and analysis and internal audit, we also benefit from being scrutinised by a number of other bodies. These include:

The Police and Crime Commissioner
Mr Michael Lane is accountable to the public. To read more about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner in scrutinising the force and Mr Lane’s Police and Crime Plan, please visit his website.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary
Inspects on a variety of issues each year with a major focus on an annual review known as PEEL. This looks at the effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy of police forces. To read about our performance in this respect, please visit their website.

Independent Advisory Groups
Provide us with a vital view through the eyes of the public. As well as a force-wide group, there are also groups with specialist knowledge and insight about local geographical areas and communities within the force, including groups who advise on diversity and inclusion.

These are not decision-making bodies but they play a vital role helping us to better understand the perspective of all communities.

Ethics Committee
Members of the public, staff representative groups and leaders within the police force provide guidance on matters that impact trust and confidence, and our ability to embed the College of Policing’s code of ethics.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)
This formal body has responsibility for impartial investigations and decision-making on the most serious concerns about the standard of the policing service.

If you have a concern you should contact our Professional Standards Department first, as the IOPC does not have the power to record complaints. If you’re unhappy with our response, you can ask the IOPC to investigate.

Senior leaders

Learn more about our Senior Leadership Team.

Our force is run by a team of experienced chief officers with a wide range of experience gained from careers within and outside of policing. For details of our local commanders – the police officers who lead day to day activity in our neighbourhoods – please visit our Local Commanders page.

For information on Michael Lane, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, please visit his website.

Olivia Pinkney

Chief Constable

Mrs Pinkney is the most senior police officer in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. She is responsible for ensuring that policing services meet the public need, and in doing so delivers the requirements outlined in the local Police and Crime Plan and National Policing vision. Mrs Pinkney is also the national policing lead for Children and Young People.

Sara Glen

Deputy Chief Constable

Accountable to the Chief Constable, DCC Glen is responsible for force performance, ethical standards and oversees professional standards, force risk, inspection, learning and force development. She is responsible for holding Assistant Chief Constables (ACCs) and Assistant Chief Officers (ACOs) to account for the operational delivery across the force, as well as planning, resourcing and delivering transformational change within the force’s allocated budget. Mrs Glen holds the national portfolio for charging standards and out of court disposals.

Dave Hardcastle

Assistant Chief Constable (Operations)

Strategic lead for all of our call centres and the Joint Operations Unit across Hampshire and Thames Valley. This includes all roads policing, armed response and public order teams, as well as emergency and non-emergency contact with the public. Mr Hardcastle is also the national lead for response policing.

Jenny Lewis

Head of Human Resources and Workforce Development

The senior HR lead across the Hampshire shared services partnership (police, fire, council). Responsible for ensuring that the force has the right systems, processes and policies to recruit, retain and develop its people. Also oversees the force wellbeing strategy and transactional services, such as pay.

Our commitments

How we use stop and search and our equality and inclusion policy.

Stop and search

We use this tool to help prevent and detect crime, and help make our communities safer.

The police use stop and search powers to prevent crime and to identify or rule out suspects. This helps us to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, and prevent more serious crime from occurring. The law says you must stay with the officer while they search you.

The fact that you were stopped and searched doesn’t mean that you are under arrest or have done anything wrong. Although the officer is legally required to complete a form, this doesn’t amount to you having a police or criminal record.

If there is reasonable suspicion, police can search you for:

  • stolen property, weapons, items to commit theft or criminal damage (Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 / Firearms Act 1968)
  • drugs (Misuse of Drugs Act 1971)
  • items linked to terrorism (Terrorism Act 2000)
  • alcohol or tobacco products if you are under 18 years old (Young Persons Act 1997)
  • in a defined area at a specific time where there is good reason to believe there is a possibility of serious violence, that a person is carrying a dangerous object, or if an offensive weapon used in an incident is being carried in the area (Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994)

There is more information on the powers the police have on Gov.uk’s dedicated page.

You can be stopped by a police officer or a police community support officer (PCSO). The PCSO must be in uniform and can only search you for alcohol, tobacco or under the Terrorism Act 2000. A police officer does not have to be in uniform but if they are not wearing uniform they must show you their warrant card.

All search powers allow you to be searched in a public place and for some, like the Misuse of Drugs Act or Terrorism Act, you can be searched anywhere.

If you are in a public place, you only have to take off your outer clothing and gloves, unless you have been stopped in relation to terrorism or where the officer believes you are using clothes to hide your identity.

If the officer asks you to take off more than this or anything you wear for religious reasons, they must take you somewhere out of public view. In this case, the police officer who searches you must be the same gender as you.

Our commitment to you

You can expect the officer searching you to be polite and respectful at all times. We’ll carry out the search with courtesy, consideration and you should be dealt with quickly and professionally.

You should not be stopped and searched just because of your age, race, ethnic background, nationality, faith, the language you speak or because you have committed a crime in the past.

We will ask you to define your ethnic background, as the officer is required to record this on the form. This will help community representatives make sure the police are using their powers fairly and properly. However, you don’t have to disclose your ethnicity if you don’t want to.

You should receive a written record of the search at the time of the event; however, because of operational demands, the record may be made available to collect later.

If you want to complain about being searched or the way it was carried out, this record will help identify the circumstances. Police may also use the record at a later date to contact you about anything that may have happened in that area around the time you were stopped.

Best use of stop and search scheme

The principal aims of the stop and search scheme are to achieve greater transparency and increase community involvement in the use of stop and search powers. We are committed to being open and transparent about stop and search and are constantly striving to ensure that the public understand what is being done to improve how the power is used.

We have published our own plan in relation to stop and search following the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary report into these powers.

Our local community trigger process provides us with an opportunity to explain to community groups how stop and search powers are being used when complaints or feedback is received. You can give feedback by completing the trigger application or you can make a complaint, if necessary.

Community observer scheme

We have signed up to this scheme, which allows members of the public to gain an insight into how police officers consider and apply their use of stop and search powers. Find out more about how to observe our work.


We publish data on the outcomes of stop a search and the ethnicity of those stopped and search.  Our records are routinely dip-sampled by members of our Independent Advisory Groups, with any issues identified being addressed locally as well as across the organisation. Police.uk publish data based on your local area.

Equality and inclusion

Find out how we promote equality and inclusion.

Equality Statement

Even before the Equality Act 2010 brought in a general equality duty for all public authorities, equality and inclusion was very important to us.

We have a number of iniatives in place, including Police Link Officers for the Deaf (PLOD), Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs) who support our LGBT communities, a Hate Crime Resource Group, scrutiny from a strategic independent advisory group and more. We extend our commitments to our staff and officers, as well as the public.

Our Equality Statement can be found by clicking here.

Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs)

We have police officers and staff who have received additional training and are dedicated to supporting our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.  They work to:

  • build trust and confidence
  • encourage the reporting of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crimes
  • support LGB&T witnesses and victims of crime

To contact a LAGLO for non-urgent advice, call 101 and ask to leave a message. You can also make an enquiry online. Your message will be passed on to an officer who can help when they are next on duty.

Hate crime

You can find out more about hate crime in our advice and information section.  We also have a free app for iOS and Android which you can download.

Partnerships and sponsors

About some of the key partner organisations we work with.

a) Business sponsorship   b) Community Safety Accreditation Scheme

Click on the link to visit their website www.hampshire.police.uk