Scott Chilton was appointed chief constable of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary in February 2023. In April 2023 the force had a strength of 3226 police officers, 189 Police and Community Support Officers and 1947 support staff.
Prior to this, Scott was the chief constable of Dorset Police, taking up this position in August 2021, having previously been the deputy chief constable for the same force.
This is Scott’s second spell with the force, having joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1992. He worked his way through uniformed policing before joining the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in 1996, spending the next 16 years as a detective. Scott progressed to the rank of chief superintendent, overseeing many complex major crime investigations.
Scott was originally a member of Hampshire Constabulary’s Chief Officer Group for five years, where he was the strategic lead across all investigation teams, custody, the wider criminal justice department and intelligence.
In 2008, Scott was seconded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to Afghanistan, where he led the development of policing reform and counter corruption.
During his career he has been the head of Special Branch as well as a commander of crime and operations departments across both Hampshire and Thames Valley, responsible for firearms, operations and roads policing for five counties.
Scott is now the national lead, on behalf of all chief constables, for Investigations – which includes standards and accreditation, retention and recruitment of detectives, homicide and coronial investigations. He is also the chief constable lead for Tactics, Training and Equipment in the public order and public safety environment.
Holding a master’s degree in applied criminology from the University of Cambridge, he is an advocate of evidence-based policing and has a strong “tough on crime” approach to ensure policing focuses its efforts on protecting the most vulnerable and targeting those criminals who cause harm and misery to our communities.