Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney joined Hampshire Constabulary in April 2016. She is responsible for ensuring that policing services meet the public need, and in doing so delivers the requirements outlined in the local Police and Crime Plan and National Policing vision. Olivia is also the national policing lead for Children and Young People, Chair of the UK Women Chief Officers’ Network and the national chaplaincy lead for the police service.
In her former role as Deputy Chief Constable at Sussex Police it was her responsibility to deliver the operational plan for the Chief Constable, balancing the needs of local communities and working with other agencies and forces to meet the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan.
Prior to this she was an Assistant Inspector of Constabulary with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, independently reporting upon the effectiveness and efficiency of all police forces in England and Wales. She has previously served as Assistant Chief Constable for Surrey and Sussex forces, and was the national lead for the police on tackling organised immigration crime including people trafficking. She began her career policing with Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
Olivia was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2016 New Year Honours list.
Olivia would play a vital role on the Police Steering Committee as the only serving territorial Chief Constable. Olivia would replace Lynne Owens CBE QPM, Director general of the National Crime Agency, who is stepping down from the Committee as soon as a replacement can be found. Lynne originally joined the Committee as a territorial Chief Constable for Surrey Police.