Chief Officers Biographies:
Originally from North Yorkshire, Suzette started her policing career with West Mercia Police and worked in a variety of roles across the Force over a 20-year period, culminating with the post of divisional commander for North Worcester.
After a short spell at the Home Office in 2005, she was appointed Assistant Chief Constable with Staffordshire Police and in May 2007 transferred to West Midlands Police, where she led for the Force on intelligence and neighbourhood policing. Suzette then moved to Northamptonshire Police as Deputy Chief Constable in August 2010.
Suzette is the currently the ACPO national lead for Roads Policing in England and Wales.
She has a keen interest in diversity issues sitting on the ACPO Race and Diversity business area for a number of years and was also the vice-president of the British Association for Women in Policing (BAWP) for eight years.
Suzette joined Gloucestershire Police as Chief Constable on 4th February 2013.
Rod Hansen, Deputy Chief Constable
Rod Hansen joined Gloucestershire Constabulary after a long career in Avon and Somerset Constabulary, starting in September 1988 in the market town of Chipping Sodbury.
During his career there he covered a variety of roles from patrol inspector in Central Bristol to District Commander for Bath and North East Somerset. Other postings also led to Rod working on the force surveillance team and reviewing the child protection team portfolio.
Rod has been a hostage negotiator since 1998 and for a number of years was the South West Regional Co-ordinator for negotiating. He was course director for the regional negotiators course and in October 2003 trained negotiators within the Greek police service in preparation for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
Rod is also the Chief Police Advisor to the military Joint Task Force Headquarters (JTFHQ) and part of a multi-agency team of non-military advisors working closely alongside colleagues from the Stabilisation Unit, Department for International Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and a variety of volunteer and charitable groups such as the International Red Cross.
His deployments to date include; Somalia to help devise the next phase of the United Nations (AMISOM) plan to bring security to in the wider Horn of Africa, the Masai Mara, Kenya working with Kenyan and Ugandan Rapid Deployment Forces on flood relief, food assistance programmes, malaria and refugee reduction. Rod also assisted in the fast time provision of a UK Police capability to assist the British military in extracting British Nationals from Libya during the recent fall of the regime.
Rod is also the current Police Service Lead for the Mounted Policing and has been heavily involved for many years in three charities.
Richard joined Northumbria Police, on the Graduate Entry Scheme, in 1991 experienced the rioting in Tyneside and in the aftermath became a community beat manager for the Scotswood estate. He worked across Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland in operational and investigative roles. Richard then worked on the Best Value Initiative, Strategic Planning and in Professional Standards. In 1998 he gained an M.Phil (Psychiatry) from Newcastle University Medical School, researching policing and mental illness within communities. In 2001 he was a co-researcher for a Home Office funded project into ‘e-policing’ and obtained Government capital funding to develop internet based services. Moving from DCI at Byker, he transferred to Gloucestershire in 2003 as Detective Superintendent, Crime Operations. In this role, he was involved in the implementation of significant projects to develop specialist crime capabilities.
A Senior Identification Manger for disaster victim identification, in 2004 he coordinated the collaboration of the South West forces to provide Casualty Bureau services. He led activations in support of many incidents ranging from the 2005 London and Egypt bombings to the Penhallow Hotel fire. He has previously supported national development of Casualty Bureau functions.
Richard spent a year in charge of the Professional Standards Department before becoming Head of Specialist Crime as a Detective Chief Superintendent, in 2006. During this period he established successful collaborations with West Mercia Constabulary and other forces in the South West Region. As lead senior detective, he oversaw the formative development of the Regional Intelligence Unit, Asset Recovery Team and locally, a multi-agency Public Protection Bureau. In addition to supporting national working groups Richard has been involved in supporting the Holmes2 major crime computer system since 2004 and presently chairs the Executive Advisory Group.
In 2007/8 he was National Coordinator for the ‘Pentameter 2’ campaign against human trafficking. This was supported by the largest deployment of the Holmes2 to provide a UK wide intelligence management platform.
Having performed investigative duties at every rank including as an accredited Senior Investigating Officer, a role which he has performed for over half his police service. He has been commended on numerous occasions for a range of homicide and serious crime investigations. He has completed several external investigations on behalf of the IPCC. Richard has worked in South Africa, in Thailand with a United Nations project and several countries in Europe and with Europol. He has also been a guest speaker for the US Department of Justice.
In 2010 he completed the Strategic Command Course and in 2011 he gained a diploma from Cambridge University in Applied Criminology. In 2011 he spent a seconded period as a professional advisor outside of the Police Service returning recently to Gloucestershire to oversee Criminal Justice, Communications and Community Engagement.
Sally Crook, Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Organisation
Brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne, Sally joined Gloucestershire Constabulary in 1985 having obtained a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Sport Studies at Sheffield.
Her early years of service were spent in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds, before joining the CID in 1989. From that point onwards Sally has worked as a detective at every rank in Gloucestershire Constabulary.
Promoted in 1991, she spent a year as a motorway sergeant before returning to divisional CID as a Detective Sergeant. On promotion to Detective Inspector, she formed Gloucestershire’s first child protection unit. In this role Sally worked closely with the Chief Constable, the ACPO lead for child protection, contributing to many national developments, one of which took her to Cuba on a project which introduced child witness evidence into the criminal justice system.
Returning to divisional CID at Cheltenham she led a number of major and homicide investigations, leading to promotion to Divisional Crime Manager and Senior Investigating Officer in 2000. In 2002 she was promoted to head up the Planning and Review Department which had responsibility for all corporate services including performance, quality, policy, consultation, evaluation and business analysis; a role which provided her with a valuable insight into strategic planning.
During this time Sally also gained accreditation as a firearms and CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear) commander gaining operational experience in both areas as an on-call silver commander. In 2004 she was appointed as the Superintendent responsible for professional standards which saw her implement the Police Reform Act changes to the way complaints and misconduct were handled in policing.
In 2005 Sally returned to working in a specialist crime environment as the Detective Superintendent responsible for the units involved in managing major investigations, serious and organised crime, economic crime and child protection. It was from this post that she completed a secondment to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary where she worked as the Chief Superintendent, Western Region, Chief of Staff. Her work there involved leading inspections of police forces across the country.
Returning to Gloucestershire in April 2011, Sally was appointed Head of Business Transformation, a role which saw her responsible for the teams dealing with change management, business improvement, professional standards, vetting and information security and staff development.
A year later, Sally was appointed Head of Protective Services, dealing with all specialist operational activity. In June 2012, she was promoted to Temporary Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for ‘Organisation’; a portfolio encompassing a broad range of functions from the teams responsible for first contact with the public through to Human Resources and Professional Standards.
Sally is the first female Chief Officer in the history of Gloucestershire Constabulary. She is a keen attendee at the gym, enjoys running and playing tennis, but reserves her greatest passions for travelling and food.
The role of ACC Organisation is responsible for Human Resources and Staff Development, Professional Standards, Criminal Justice, Contact Management, Partnerships and Force Communications.