Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Chief Officer Group (COG) is responsible for providing clear and accountable leadership for the organisation. The group is made up of senior officers who make key decisions. Each also has particular areas of expertise and responsibility within the force.
See below to view their biographies, responsibilities and expenses.
Chief Constable, Rod Hansen
Rod Hansen joined Gloucestershire Constabulary as Deputy Chief Constable in May 2013 and in May 2017 took over as Chief Constable.
Rod started his career at Avon and Somerset Constabulary in September 1988 in the market town of Chipping Sodbury. During his time with the force 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 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 mounted policing and the police dog section.
Deputy Chief Constable Jon Stratford
Jon joined Gloucestershire Constabulary as Assistant Chief Constable for Tri-force Specialist Operations and Major Crime investigation and, following eleven months as acting Deputy Chief Constable, was appointed to the role in a permanent position on 29 March 2018.
Prior to this he served for two years as an ACC with South Wales Police leading their Specialist Operations, Specialist Crime, Professional Standards, Criminal Justice and Communications departments.
A former Army Officer and graduate of Leicester Polytechnic, Jon began his policing career in South Bristol with the Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 1992. He went on to serve in a variety of operational roles in Bath, Bristol and rural Somerset before becoming the Policing Commander for Bristol.
Jon is a qualified firearms and public order commander with extensive operational experience that includes commanding the police response to many Glastonbury Festivals, St Paul’s Carnival’s and numerous other major events as well as critical incidents such as the murder of Joanna Yates in 2010, the two separate Bristol disorders in 2011 and other large scale protest.
Nationally, Jon is the NPCC chief officer lead for Integrated Offender Management.
Assistant Chief Constable (Operations), Julian Moss
Julian Moss joined Gloucestershire Constabulary as Assistant Chief Constable Operations in May 2017.
Julian joined Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 1992 after graduating from Bristol University having studied Physics. He has considerable experience in neighbourhood policing, having been a beat manager in Bristol as a constable, neighbourhood inspector for Bath, superintendent with responsibility for neighbourhood policing and partnerships in Bristol before going on to become local policing commander for North Somerset. He later had responsibility for local policing as temporary Assistant Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset Police.
Other notable roles include temporary Assistant Chief Constable for public protection and force development at Wiltshire Police and head of CID at Avon and Somerset. In this role he oversaw homicide and serious and organised crime investigations as well as public protection, intelligence, forensics and crime standards. In 2015 Julian was the Gold Commander for the response to the murder of Becky Watts in Bristol.
He has lived in the Stroud district for 14 years and is married with three children. He enjoys running in the local Cotswold countryside.
Assistant Chief Constable, Gary Thompson
Gary Thompson joined Gloucestershire Constabulary in 1987 and has completed all of his police service here in the County.
Initially posted to Cheltenham and then Cirencester, he was promoted in 1992 to sergeant responsible for duties at the Royal Household Protection Group. Following that, there were spells in both the custody unit at Gloucester and then leading the pro-active support group at the time of Operation Gemini.
He was promoted to Inspector in 1997 and given responsibility for the Barton Street police station. Following this, in 2002, he was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector at Cheltenham where he was Senior Investigating Officer for numerous complex investigations, including leading five murder incident room inquiries.
Gary was promoted to superintendent in 2006 and carried out a number of roles including leading the criminal justice department and then divisional commander for Gloucester.
Promotion to Chief Supt followed in 2012, where he led both the Force Control Room, Stroud & Cotswold Division and then completed delivery of a new operating model for the Force.
During his career, Gary has attained an MSc in Computing, Diploma & Certificates in Management Studies as well as being a trained coach & mentor. He is a fellow of the chartered management institute.
In his spare time, Gary enjoys flying unmanned aerial vehicles and is qualified CAA operator.