New Deputy Chief Constable for Northamptonshire Police

Martin Jelley has been confirmed as the new Deputy Chief Constable for Northamptonshire Police.

He joined Northamptonshire Police as Assistant Chief Constable in 2009, and took up his new post yesterday (Monday), having been in an acting position since the beginning of February.

His role includes overall responsibility for the force’s performance, organisational change and working alongside the chief constable and police and crime commissioner (PCC) to ensure continued crime reduction throughout the county.

Chief Constable Adrian Lee welcomed the appointment. He said: “I am very pleased that Martin has now been appointed permanently. His promotion follows more than three years as a chief officer, during which time he has provided strong leadership to the force through a difficult period of budget cuts, change and serious incidents – and overseen some of the most impressive crime reductions nationwide.

“He has wide operational experience and a record of driving innovation; he is the right choice to be our new deputy chief constable and a key part of the team that will deliver the new commissioner’s police and crime plan.”

Martin began his policing career with Norfolk Constabulary in 1988, having gained a BA (Hons) degree from Birmingham University.

He then served 16 years with Norfolk in both CID and operational roles. In 2006 he led the amalgamation of the eastern and southern policing areas in Suffolk, which encompassed the towns of Ipswich and Lowestoft.

He was also a senior officer in Suffolk at the time of the Suffolk strangler murders and investigation.

DCC Jelley said: “I am absolutely delighted to be Northamptonshire’s Deputy Chief Constable. I look forward to working with the chief constable and the PCC in this new role, to continue driving our commitment to reduce crime, doing the very best we can for the communities we serve and achieving even better levels of public confidence.”

During his career in Northamptonshire, Martin has been responsible for a wide range of policing activities including response policing, safer community teams, firearms, roads policing, dogs, air support and contact management – including the handling of emergency and non-emergency calls. Last year, he led the planning for the county’s response to the 2012 Olympic Games and the Torch Relay, which passed through Northamptonshire in July. Nationally, he is the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) national lead for vetting.