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Chief Constable Matt Baggott CBE, QPM, BA (Hons)

Chief Constable Matt Baggott CBE, QPM, BA (Hons)

Matt Baggott, the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, spent the first twenty years of his service with the Metropolitan Police, where his career was operationally focused in the inner city, notably Tooting, Brixton and Peckham, as well as leading policy reviews on issues such as partnership, regeneration and inner city crime.  For 18 months he was Staff Officer to the then Commissioner, Sir Paul Condon, and headed the Metropolitan Police team assisting the Stephen Lawrence Public Inquiry.  

In June 1998 he became Assistant Chief Constable in the West Midlands Police with specific responsibility for policing diversity, crime and disorder, professional standards and criminal justice.  During this time he assisted the Social Exclusion Unit in developing neighbourhood renewal, and oversaw for ACPO national approaches to hate crime and local strategic partnerships.  In November 2001 he was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable, and assisted the Home Office on the Priority Policing Area initiative.

In December 2002 Mr Baggott joined the Leicestershire Constabulary on promotion to Chief Constable.  

He was Vice President of the Association of Chief Police Officers 2004-07 and continued to lead on the national roll-out of neighbourhood policing with a full-time team based in London.  He was a member of the National Policing Board and advised Government on a range of issues from partnership through to social cohesion.  He also worked with Sir Ronnie Flanagan on the National Review of Policing.

Awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in June 2004 he was further honoured in the 2008 New Years Honours list with a CBE.  He was also elected a Fellow of University College London in 2006, and awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by De Montfort University, Leicester, in July 2007.  He is President of the Christian Police Association, and Vice President of the National Association of Police Chaplains.  Until recently he was also a Trustee of Crime Concern, a position he held for many years.  

Mr Baggott took up his current role in September 2009.