Olivia Pinkney joined Hampshire Constabulary in April 2016, outlining her priorities as protecting vulnerable people, reducing offending and making the force even more transparent. Olivia is the national lead for the Policing of 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.
Outside of work, Olivia is a keen sports-watching mum, enthusiastically joins in with many sports, and plays the piano to a distinctly average standard at her local church.
Olivia was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2016 New Year Honours list.