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Assistant Chief Constable Will White

Will joined Avon and Somerset Police as a response officer in 1995. He has worked in many varied roles during his time within the organisation and became Assistant Chief Constable in 2022.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Will White

Will leads on investigation of serious and organised crime, with overall responsibility for the Investigations and Operations Directorates, including criminal justice tactical support (roads policing, firearms, dog operations and mounted patrols), intelligence and tasking, and covert operations.

Will says:

“My reason for becoming a police officer was down to a sense of fairness, I wanted a career where I could make a difference and give something back.

Becoming part of the police family gave me the opportunity to support people when they need it most.

“Policing is for everyone, no matter who you are, your position or background in life”

I have a real passion for crime prevention.  As a detective attending court I would often have a victim or family thank me after the verdict and my overriding thought would be that I wished they hadn’t gone through that experience in the first place.

That motivation – to support victims of crime and their families and stop them from becoming victims – has never left me. I’m intensely interested in how we can harness evidence-based policing and data analysis to support crime prevention.

I have always enjoyed team work and been inspired throughout my career by those committed to delivering a great service to the public and making a difference. It’s these people who drive my determination today to be a good leader.”

Key responsibilities
  • Lead for the investigation of serious and organised crime.
  • Overall responsibility for the Investigations Directorate including child vulnerability, adult vulnerability and complex crime.
  • Overall responsibility for the Operations Directorate including criminal justice, intelligence and tasking and covert operations.
  • Bringing together and overseeing the work of the tactical support team comprising roads policing, firearms, dog operations and mounted patrols.
  • Running Gold groups (Gold = with overall strategic command of operations), leading on events or activities that could impact public confidence.
  • Chair of the Local Resilience Forum, working with partners to plan and prepare for civil contingencies and major incidents.
  • Chair of the Regional Economic and Cyber Crime Strategic Co-ordinating Group, which sets priorities, directs resources and scrutinises performance against the economic crime threat, such as fraud.
  • Working as part of a national effort in managing improvement around disclosure of evidence.
  • Identifying and adopting new learnings:  gained, for example, through partnership working or misconduct hearings.
  • 1995 – Joined Avon and Somerset Police as a response officer at Trinity Road in East Bristol
  • 2000 – Detective on Bristol Central CID
  • 2002 –  Neighbourhood Sergeant in Burnham-on-Sea
  • 2003 – Patrol Sergeant at Broadbury Road in South Bristol
  • 2005 – Detective Sergeant leading on hate crime
  • 2006 – Detective Inspector on the Bristol Child Abuse Investigation team
  • 2008 – Detective Inspector in Bristol’s Serious and Major Crime team (CID)
  • 2010 – Detective Chief Inspector in Bristol’s Serious and Major Crime team (CID)
  • 2012 – Detective Chief Inspector in the Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) in charge of intelligence and financial crime
  • 2014 – Superintendent – Bristol local policing
  • 2016 – Detective Superintendent in charge of offences against children
  • 2018 – Chief Superintendent for Neighbourhoods and Partnerships
  • 2022 – Assistant Chief Constable
Career highlights and achievements
  • Leading on a number of major crime investigations including the investigation into the 2011 riots in Bristol.
  • Overseeing the implementation of the new capabilities programme at the Regional Organised Crime Unit involving the introduction of new regional units to deal with fraud, prisoner intelligence and cyber-crime.
  • Overseeing the implementation of Avon and Somerset Police’s Drugs Education Programme which helps to divert people from becoming problematic drug users and prevents them being criminalised.
  • Leading the implementation of Operation Topaz, Avon and Somerset Police’s response to child sexual exploitation (CSE).
  • Leading the operational implementation of Avon and Somerset Police’s ground breaking data analytics work and a strategy on early intervention and hidden harm which support vulnerable people and prevents their exploitation.
  • Implementing Avon and Somerset Police’s new neighbourhood policing model based on the six pillars of policing: responding to calls, investigation of crime, engagement, problem solving, safeguarding the vulnerable and offender management.
Qualifications, rewards and recognition
  • BSc in Economics – University of York
  • Masters in Applied Criminology and Executive Police Management – University of Cambridge
  • Strategic Firearms Commander Accreditation
  • Strategic Gold Commander Accreditation (Gold = with overall strategic command of operations)
Personal life
  • Will is married and has two daughters.
  • He enjoys rowing and spending time in the mountains with friends walking, climbing or ski touring.
  • Will supports Arsenal Football Club and Bristol Flyers Basketball Club.
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