Chief Constable of Leicestershire and Honorary Visiting Fellow
Simon Cole took up his position as Chief Constable of Leicestershire in June 2010. He is responsible for leading the Force, heading up the Chief Officer Team, and managing relationships with key external partners.
Having grown up in Leicestershire and Essex, Simon began his policing career in the West Midlands as a Constable where he worked in the City of Birmingham in various roles, including Staff Officer to the Chief Constable and Operations Superintendent in Handsworth, before becoming Commander of Dudley South Operational Command Unit.
Simon joined Hampshire Constabulary in 2003 as Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) and became Deputy Chief Constable in 2008. As ACC, Simon led Hampshire in delivering Safer Neighbourhoods, with teams of local Safer Neighbourhoods officers and Targeted Patrol Teams being at the heart of delivering local-based crime-fighting in communities.
In 2007, Simon was invited to be on the directing staff of the Strategic Command Course, lending his experience to this international course that trains senior officers and staff who will work at Chief Officer level in the future.
As Deputy Chief Constable, Simon was responsible for corporate planning, consultation, information and research, as well as diversity and performance. He led work to merge IT departments with a neighbouring force, and led on both professional standards and collaboration.
Simon previously led nationally for the Association of Chief Police Officers on both crime statistics and vetting. Locally, Simon chairs the Community Safety Programme Board, working with partners from all over the Force area to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. He also chairs the multi-agency Local Resilience Forum and the Force Executive Group, as well as representing the Force in working with the Police Authority.
Simon leads for the East Midlands five-Force collaborative workstream on Operational Support, including IT and Criminal Justice.
Simon has been ACPO national portfolio holder for mental health and disability since September 2011.
When not at work Simon is a committed family man with a young son and daughter. He is a keen sportsman, playing tennis regularly, coaching junior rugby and enjoying watching the Tigers when work allows. He chairs the Police Sport UK National Lawn Tennis section. Simon has a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Durham, an MA in History from University College, Worcester, and a Diploma in Criminology and Policing from Cambridge University. He completed the Strategic Command Course at the Police Staff College, Bramshill, in 2001. In 2004/5 he completed the modular European Top Senior Police Officers’ Course.