Gavin Stephens

Patron, Chief Constable, Surrey Police

Gavin brings a wealth of experience from over 23 years within Surrey Police, serving in every rank up to the role of Chief Constable, including as Neighbourhood Inspector in Tandridge and a Detective Sergeant during the last major force boundary change in 2000.

Gavin has overall responsibility for strategic and operational co-ordination, and is also the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Neighbourhood Policing, Social Media and Digital Engagement, PCSOs and has recently taken on the role of Chair of the Communications Advisory Group.

Born and bred in Hartlepool, Gavin studied engineering at the University of Cambridge and worked for GEC Marconi Research as a sponsored student. After joining Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 1993, he moved to Surrey Police as a PC in 1996 and was initially based in East Surrey. He continued his career working in Serious and Organised Crime, Professional Standards and latterly in the Neighbourhood Policing Command before becoming Chief Constable in April 2019.

He is also a Trustee of Police Care UK.