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Assistant Chief Constable Jon Reilly

Jon joined Avon and Somerset Police in 1997 as a police constable. He trained as a detective and has spent much of his career in criminal investigations (CID). He is Assistant Chief Constable for Neighbourhood, Partnerships and Response.

Assistant Chief Constable Jon Reilly, Avon and Somerset Police

Jon is with responsible for public-facing policing, dealing with everyone from the most vulnerable to the most violent in our communities.

Prior to returning to Avon and Somerset Police in 2021, Jon was South West Regional Assistant Chief Constable, leading specialist capabilities across five regional forces to target and disrupt serious and organised crime. Previously he held the roles of Detective Chief Superintendent and Head of Investigations at Avon and Somerset Police, leading teams tackling organised crime, major and serious crime and volume crime offences.

Jon says:

“I first moved to Bristol at the age of 19 as a university student, subsequently deciding to become a police constable with the aim of giving back to the city and area that had adopted me and that I had quickly come to love.

Since then, my career path has led me to work in almost every station in Bristol and almost every rank within Avon and Somerset Police. Starting out as a police officer in south Bristol, working in neighbourhood policing and response and then moving into a career in investigations.

I have had the honour of meeting people from many different walks of life and gaining insight and understanding into the many ways people live, work and spend their time, and what is important to them.

“Being Assistant Chief Constable is about how we and others work together to keep communities safe”.

It is about ensuring that our values – caring, inclusive, learning and courageous – of which I am a huge supporter and which have stood me in great stead throughout my career, are reflected in how we look after our communities and our workforce.

I take real pride in how we police and the quality of service we provide, and we are always looking to improve. I am inspired by the people that I have met during my career and those that I meet every day and they drive my commitment to ensuring that we deliver outstanding policing for everyone.”

Key responsibilities
  • Strategic lead for data quality, counter-terrorism, serious violence, independent advisory groups (IAGs), reducing reoffending, safeguarding and Citizens In Policing
  • South West Regional Lead for Children and Young Persons, Problem Solving and Crime Prevention and Victims and Witnesses
  • Chief Officer Lead for Faith and Beliefs
  • National mentor providing support for future leaders from under-represented groups
  • Working within a political sensitive context, in collaboration with key stakeholders including the Home Office, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Independent Advisory Groups and scrutiny panels, local authorities, other emergency services and the private and third sectors
  • Recognising the importance of performance and good governance and delivering Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) Inspection regimes, Home Office strategic objectives and the local Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC’s) Police and Crime Plan.
  • 1997 – Avon and Somerset Police Constable
  • 2001 – Sergeant for custody and then uniformed patrol
  • 2005 – Detective within criminal investigations (CID)
  • 2009 – Detective Inspector, Bristol CID
  • 2010 – Chief Inspector and Chief Staff Officer, supporting the Chief Constable and Chief Officer Group
  • 2012 – Detective Superintendent and Head of Bristol CID
  • 2014 – Chief Superintendent and Area Commander for Bristol
  • 2017 – Detective Chief Superintendent and Head of Investigations
  • 2019 – South West Regional Assistant Chief Constable for a collaboration of five regional police forces focusing on specialist areas of operation
  • 2021 – Assistant Chief Constable, Avon and Somerset Police
Career highlights and achievements
  • Heading up the South West Regional Organised Crime Units (SW ROCU), South West Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Unit (SWCTIU) and South West Forensics Service (SWFS) as Assistant Chief Constable of a South West police collaboration.
  • Working with fellow police forces to set South West Forensics apart with pioneering elaboration of digital forensics, to enable much faster investigation of mobile phones and digital devices in investigations.
  • Overseeing Operation Venetic, the UK’s biggest ever law enforcement operation, which saw the dismantling of organised crime groups. Under Jon’s leadership, SW ROCU worked with the National Crime Agency and regional forces, leading to more than 30 arrests across the South West and guns, Class A drugs, cash, high value cars and jewellery seized.
  • Achieving the role to which he had long aspired – Chief Superintendent and Area Commander for Bristol – with responsibility for the delivery of policing across the city in which Jon had lived and worked for over twenty years.
  • As Chief Superintendent being able to improve the capacity and capability of the Investigations department.
  • Encouraging leadership development and helping to expand the number of people within the workforce able to perform in leadership roles, based on providing a caring and supportive approach.
  • Transitioning into detective roles early on in his career and learning a wealth of new information and additional skills.
Qualification, awards and recognition
  • Masters in Civil Engineering and European Studies (Bristol University and University of Cantabria, Spain)
  • Accredited Gold Commander
Personal life
  • Jon enjoys living in and visiting the local area.
  • He is married, with two teenage children.
  • He is a huge rugby fan and a Bristol Bears season ticket holder.
  • Jon spends many hours walking with his black labrador.
  • He is a practicing member of his local church.
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