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Force Structure

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Chief Constable

Dorset Police is headed by Chief Constable James Vaughan, 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.

James Vaughan's Biography

Chief Constable James Vaughan Dorset Police Chief Constable James Vaughan began his career in Wiltshire, where he started in 1992 working in various uniform and detective roles in the northern part of the county.

On promotion he served as a Detective Sergeant and Detective Inspector in Swindon up to 2005, when he was selected to join the High Potential Development Scheme. As a Chief Inspector he undertook the role of staff officer to the Chief Constable and later led the centralisation of roads policing within the Operations Division.

Promoted to Detective Superintendent in 2007, James led Wiltshire's response to major, serious and organised crime and delivered significant capability development, whilst leading and managing numerous murders and other major crime investigations.

Upon promotion to Chief Superintendent, James led the development of Citizen Focused Policing, Partnerships and Safer Neighbourhoods across Wiltshire and was later the Head of Criminal Investigation.

In 2011, James successfully completed the Strategic Command Course. He joined Dorset Police as Assistant Chief Constable in May 2012.

Following promotion to Deputy Chief Constable in 2013, James has led on strategic change, planning, performance, professional standards, people and community focus, and media and communication.

James has also led various regional collaboration programmes including the forensic service collaboration and the strategic alliance with Devon and Cornwall Police. In his national capacity he is the NPCC Lead for Forensic Procurement and Market Development.

In February 2017 James was appointed Deputy Chief Constable (Chief Operating Officer) for the Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Strategic Alliance.

In April 2018 he was appointed as Chief Constable for Dorset.

James holds a Masters Degree in Criminology and Police Management and has published research on his academic interests in child homicide.

James is married to Sacha and has five children. He enjoys natural history, music, sports and has an aspiration to keep fit!

DDC Scott Chilton

Scott Chilton was selected on Tuesday July 28, following an appointment process chaired by Chief Constable James Vaughan, supported by chief executive of Dorset Council Matthew Prosser and Gloucestershire Constabulary HR lead Caroline Hollister.

There was also a separate Stakeholder Panel, chaired by the Dorset OPCC chief executive Simon Bullock, who was supported by various representatives from the Staff Support Network.

DCC Chilton took over in October following David Lewis' retirement.

Scott's most recent 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

In April 2020, Sam de Reya was appointed as ACC for Operations at Dorset Police.

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.

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 Steve Lyne

Head of Corporate Development – Chief Superintendent Caroline Naughton