Short biographies of Gloucestershire Constabulary's senior leadership team.
Rod Hansen joined Gloucestershire Constabulary as Deputy Chief Constable in May 2013 and in May 2017 took over as Chief Constable – 16th in the Constabulary’s history.
Prior to joining, Rod spent time being schooled in England, Canada and Ireland before acquiring a degree in Geography and Geology. He was a member of A Squadron SAS (V) before starting his career at Avon and Somerset Constabulary policing South Gloucestershire more than 34 years ago. During that time has covered a variety of roles from patrol inspector in central Bristol to District Commander for Bath and North East Somerset. Other postings also led the force surveillance team and reviewing child protection arrangements. He later helped to establish a 10 year Joint Venture Company delivering enabling services to 3 public sector organisations including the Constabulary. As a senior investigator, he has investigated deaths in two other forces and played important roles in serious and organised crime investigations. Rod is also an experienced Strategic Firearms Commander, has commanded over 300 firearms incidents and was a national assessor for this specialism for many years.
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.
In 2010 Rod established the International Police Response Cadre (IPRC) which is a team of specially trained police officers working alongside the military able to deploy at short notice to high threat locations across the world. This has included assisting in supporting British overseas territories experiencing hurricanes and the subsequent humanitarian crisis that follow.
Rod has also been 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 and 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 fall of the regime. Op Ruman was the largest UK military operations since the Afghanistan campaign.
Rod is also the current National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for mounted policing since 2012, for a number of years the councils lead for police dogs and is the current national lead for aviation (helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and the police use of drones).
As a long standing practitioner of Shotoki Karate, Rod still trains regularly and, as a fifth Dan instructor still finds time to teach a Constabulary club. Rod is therefore particularly passionate about how we use soft power to influence or affect others in a positive way. Since becoming Gloucestershire’s Chief Constable he has introduced a ground breaking supportive leadership and wellbeing programme which has transformed the culture of the Constabulary. The effect has been described by National academics as ‘astonishing’.
In 2018 Rod stimulated a partnership to create a self-leadership programme for children in the county. This led to him founding the BOOST programme which has been delivered to many thousands of children so far and has drawn national interest.
Jon joined Gloucestershire Constabulary in June 2016 as Assistant Chief Constable for the Tri-force Specialist Operations and Major Crime investigation three-force collaborations and, following eleven months as acting Deputy Chief Constable, was appointed to this role on a permanent basis in 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 experience leading firearms, public order and crime operations at all levels of command in some highly challenging policing environments. He remains an active member of the UK’s CT Commander Cadre.
Jon is also the National Police Chief’s Council lead for Integrated Offender Management and Electronic Monitoring.
Craig has 26 years' policing service having joined Cheshire Police in 1994.
He transferred to Wiltshire Police in 2000 where he worked in a variety of roles including uniform policing, CID, covert operations, organised crime investigation and intelligence.
Between 2012 and 2014 Craig was seconded to the Regional Organised Crime Unit, returning to Wiltshire as a Force Incident Manager within the Crime and Communications Centre.
In recent years, Craig has been a Director of Intelligence, Head of Public Protection and Head of Crime.
As the Temporary Assistant Chief Constable in Wiltshire, Craig held the portfolio for Crime, Justice and Vulnerability. He was also responsible for the policing response to the 2018 nerve agent attack in Salisbury.
After successfully completing the Strategic Command Course, Craig joined Gloucestershire Constabulary as Operations ACC in May 2019, changing roles to Crime, Justice and Vulnerability ACC in April 2020.
Since March 2020 Craig has led the Constabularies response to the internal and external challenges of COVID-19.
Outside of policing, Craig is married to Ruth and has two children and a very lively Cockapoo. He tries to remain active with running, cycling and dog walks.
Rhiannon has 28 years’ policing experience having joined Gwent Police in 1992. She worked in a variety of uniform and criminal investigation roles, until becoming the first female Detective Inspector in 2000. She then remained in criminal investigations becoming the Head of Intelligence, Volume Crime, Major Crime and PPU.
Between 2011 and 2014 Rhiannon was seconded to the Regional Organised Crime Unit. She then returned to Gwent, and was Head of the Transformational Change Programme, then becoming Head of Crime before performing the role of Temporary Assistant Chief Constable for 2 years. During that time Rhiannon successfully passed the Strategic Command Course in 2020, before joining Gloucestershire Constabulary in April 2020. Rhiannon has the portfolio for Local Policing, Public Contact , Professional Standards and Specialist Operations.
Outside of policing, Rhiannon is married and has a keen interest in music and tries to keep fit running and hill walking.
18 July 2017 Assistant Chief Constable Julian Moss appeared on BBC Points West where he was interviewed about the misconduct hearing of a former police officer.
31 August 2017 Deputy Chief Constable Jon Stratford was interviewed by the Gloucestershire Echo and discussed the results of the recent police morale survey.
13 September 2017 Deputy Chief Constable Jon Stratford appeared on the BBC Radio Gloucestershire breakfast show and discussed the results of the recent police morale survey.
17 May 2019 Deputy Chief Constable Jon Stratford appeared on BBC Points West and the BBC Radio Gloucestershire breakfast show where he discussed an internal investigation into the sale of tyres.
25 July 2019 Chief Constable Rod Hansen took part in a pre-recorded interview for BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s breakfast show where he discussed the results of the recent HMICFRS CDI report.
June 2019 Chief Constable Rod Hansen took part in filming with Channel 4’s Dispatches and discussed the impact of assaults on police officers. This was used on their social media channels (Facebook and Twitter).
14 September 2019 Chief Constable Rod Hansen took part in a live interview for BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s breakfast show where he discussed the Force open day.
24 March 2020 Chief Constable Rod Hansen interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire talking about police-related coronavirus matters.
25 March 2020 Chief Constable Rod Hansen interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire talking about police-related coronavirus matters.
27 March 2020 Chief Constable Rod Hansen interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire talking about police-related coronavirus matters.
30 March 2020 Chief Constable Rod Hansen interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire talking about police-related coronavirus matters.
3 April 2020 Chief Constable Rod Hansen interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire talking about police-related coronavirus matters.
Assistant Chief Constable Craig Holden on BBC Radio Gloucestershire talking about concerns around people travelling to the county and out of the county to second homes.
6 April 2020 Chief Constable Rod Hansen interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire about police-related coronavirus matters.
5 May 2020 Chief Constable Rod Hansen interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire about police-related coronavirus matters.
11 May 2020 Chief Constable Rod Hansen interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire about police-related coronavirus matters.
12 May 2020 Chief Constable Rod Hansen interviewed on BBC Points West about police-related coronavirus matters.
26 May 2020 Chief Constable Rod Hansen interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire talking about police-related coronavirus matters.
8 June 2020 Chief Constable Rod Hansen interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire talking about Black Lives Matter and coronavirus concerns.
11 Sep 2020 Chief Constable Rod Hansen interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and Heart FM in relation to police-related coronavirus matters.