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Force Structure

Executive team and key heads of departments

Dorset Police is headed by Chief Constable Scott Chilton, supported by chief officers with responsibilities for aspects of the Force.

The Chief Constable's overall responsibilities are:-

  • Overall responsibility for leading the force, creating vision and setting direction.
  • Accountable for operational delivery of policing services to people of Dorset.
  • Fulfil statutory and legal obligations of the office/Corporation Sole.
  • Accountable for force financial management and budget setting.
  • Strategic Partnership relationships and stakeholder management.

Scott Chilton's Biography

Scott Chilton took over as Chief Constable for Dorset Police on Monday 16 August 2021 following his previous role as DCC for Dorset.

Scott's previous role was assistant chief constable at Hampshire Police, where he was strategic lead across all investigations teams, custody, the wider criminal justice system and intelligence.

He joined the Hampshire force in 1992, working his way through uniformed policing before joining CID in 1996 and spending the next 16 years as a detective progressing through the ranks to chief superintendent.

In 2008 he was seconded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to Afghanistan where he led development of policing reform and counter corruption.

Scott is an advocate of evidence-based policing and has a strong desire to ensure policing focuses its efforts on protecting the most vulnerable and targeting those criminals who cause harm and misery to our communities.

ACC Sam de Reya

On 16 August 2021, T/DCC Sam de Reya started her role as Deputy Chief Constable, moving on from her previous role as ACC for Operations at Dorset Police, which she was appointed to in April 2020.

Sam joined us from Devon and Cornwall Police, where she was Chief Superintendent and Commander for North, East and West Devon at Devon & Cornwall Police leading frontline policing services, investigation, neighbourhood policing and partnerships.

Now at Dorset Police, ACC Sam de Reya is committed to delivering an outstanding service for Dorset and has overall responsibility for:

  • Territorial Policing – Including Patrol and Neighbourhood Policing, IRC and Prevention
  • Operations – Firearms, FSG, Dogs, Marine Section and Roads Policing
  • Crime and Criminal Justice - CID, Custody
  • Contact Management

Sam is the Strategic Firearms Commander for the South West, Wales and London and is the Police Ethics Network Chair. Additionally, she is an avid supporter of police charities, including Flint House rehabilitation Centre and is a champion for equal opportunities and inclusion.


On 16 August 2021, T/ACC Steve Lyne started his role as Assistant Chief Constable after moving on as Chief Superintendent and County Local Policing Commander for Dorset.


ACO Jo Mosley started in her role as the Director of People & Support Services on monday 12 July 2021.

Jo has moved from the Salvation Army where she was the HR Director for the last four years. Prior to that Jo served as part of the senior leadership team for Guide Dogs for the Blind and Mencap. Jo has an extensive HR based background in the voluntary sector.

Jo has a history of delivering positive change within and on behalf of the organisations she has worked for, focusing on supporting people with disabilities, those at risk of social exclusion and promoting women in leadership. Jo is committed to influencing the future of civil society and the people agenda; she is a strong and passionate leader with clear strategic vision and a passion for making positive change with the energy and tenacity to get results. It is clear that Jo shares in our vision and mission and has consistently displayed in her roles the values that we uphold in our organisation.

After completing her degree in 1992, Jo commenced her career with Endsleigh Insurance before setting up the first Family Adviser Service in the UK. Five years later Jo became a National Training Strategy Manager before moving to Mencap where she served as the Head of Volunteering. In 2009, Jo took over as the Head of Volunteering for Guide Dogs for the Blind before stepping up to be the Deputy Director of People and Business Services in 2012. In 2017 Jo moved to the Salvation Army as their HR Director.

As Director of Legal Risk and Reputation, Mike Stamp's portfolio includes:

  • Risk and Assurance
  • Legal Team
  • Information Management
  • Corporate Communications

Mike Stamp's Biography

Mike Stamp was appointed Director of Legal Services in September 2006, with his role developing into the Director of Legal, Reputation and Risk in 2015. His portfolio includes Legal Services in Devon and Cornwall and Dorset, and Information Management and Corporate Communications in Devon and Cornwall.

The Legal Services team provide legal advice and representation to both Forces and their Police and Crime Commissioners. Their work includes litigation (employment, civil, inquest, misconduct and judicial review), operations (civil preventative orders, licensing, public order) and general advice (duty advisor scheme for day to day legal queries, critical incident advice, and strategic advice). Members of the team regularly appear in a range of Courts to represent the interests of the Chief Constables and/or Police and Crime Commissioners.

Mike and his team regularly sit on Gold and Silver groups, which are responsible for the management of critical incidents.

As the member of the Executive with portfolio responsibility for Information Management, Mike holds the position of the Senior Information Responsible Officer on behalf of Devon and Cornwall and Dorset.

In addition, the Information Management department is responsible for Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Disclosure, Information Assurance and information sharing with partner agencies for both Devon and Cornwall and Dorset. The Alliance Information Management Department is also responsible for Records Management and Data Quality within Devon and Cornwall.

Mike also undertakes the role as Joint Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) for Devon and Cornwall and Dorset.

The Corporate Communications department covers internal and external communications including reputation management and digital media.

Mike sits on the national committee for the Association of Police Lawyers and chairs the Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Joint Ethics Committee and is also the co-chair of the South West Policing Regional Ethics Committee.

Mike is a qualified Solicitor, married with children and lives in Devon

Head of Crime – Detective Chief Superintendent Ben Hargreaves

Head of Operations – Chief Superintendent Matt Lawler

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Local Policing Commander – Chief Superintendent Mark Callaghan

County Local Policing Commander – Chief Superintendent Richard Bell

Head of Corporate Development – Chief Superintendent Caroline Naughton