Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police
Simon Cole took up his position as Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police in June 2010. Simon has led a national portfolio on mental health and disability for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) since September 2011. In 2012, Simon was acknowledged by the Employers' Forum on Disability as their Emergency Services Disability Champion in the Disability Standards Award. In April 2012, Simon also became ACPO's national lead for the Local Policing and Partnerships Business Area. This includes local policing, 101 and contact management, citizens in policing and digital engagement. In 2013, he acted as the police adviser to Lord Adebowale's Independent Commission on Policing and Mental Health which focused on the Metropolitan Police.
Locally, Simon represents the Force on the Strategic Partnership Board, working with partners from all over the Force area to reduce crime and antisocial 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 and Crime Commissioner. Simon leads for the East Midlands five-Force collaborative workstream on operational support, including IT and criminal justice. He is also a trustee of the Leicester Sports Partnership Trust which aims to make Leicester the most active city in England.
Simon was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the New Year's Honours List 2014.