New Assistant Chief Constable For Dorset Police
2:49pm 22nd May 2013
Dorset Police has a new Assistant Chief Constable.
47-year-old David Lewis has landed the job - after what the force say was a closely fought competitive process.
Mr Lewis is currently Assistant Chief Constable at the Association of Chief Police Officers in London.
He says he's looking forward to helping make the county a safer place when he takes up his position in July.
David Lewis said: "Dorset is an outstanding police force and I am absolutely delighted to be joining it. I have already found a team of professionals who take great pride in serving the people of Dorset and making the county a safer place. I am very grateful for the warm welcome that I have received and look forward to taking my place in the team."
David Lewis, aged 47, grew up in Sussex before attending Bristol University, graduating in law in 1988.
After a period working in retail and travelling he started his police career in 1990 as a PC in Bristol. He transferred to Thames Valley Police in 1993 working in a variety of operational roles in Bracknell, Crowthorne, Wokingham and Slough. Whilst working as a police trainer he gained a PGCE in adult education from Surrey University.
Subsequently he held a range of roles with a Thames Valley-wide remit. Having been the Force Drugs Co-ordinator he spent three years as a Senior Investigating Officer in Major Crime, running murder and serious crime investigations, and was then promoted to Superintendent, Head of Criminal Justice in January 2006.
In June 2007, he was promoted to Chief Superintendent and took up the post of Basic Command Unit Commander for Berkshire East, where he was responsible for the policing of a diverse area which included the towns of Bracknell, Ascot, Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough.
Following the reorganisation of Thames Valley in 2011, he took up the new role of Head of Neighbourhood Policing and Partnerships, before passing the Senior Police National Assessment Centre and then attending the Strategic Command Course in 2012.
Having passed the course he is currently seconded to the Association of Chief Police Officers where he fulfils the role of Chief of Staff, working with Sir Hugh Orde on national policing issues and running the National Police Coordination Centre.
He is married to Jayne; they have four children and the family currently live in Berkshire, but will be relocating to Dorset. David is a keen sports fan. He is a season ticket holder at Reading Football Club and a follower of Sussex County Cricket Club. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the international development charity MRDF, and plays a role on the leadership team of a local church.
The appointment of David Lewis follows the retirement of former Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Whiting.