Andy Marsh QPM, has served as Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police since February 2016 – the force he first joined as a new recruit in 1987.
Throughout his career, Andy Marsh has been determined to create an environment at work where officers, police staff and volunteers can flourish. Fairness, equity, openness and inclusivity underpin his approach to leadership. These are critical to building trust within communities, a key challenge for policing at a time when greater transparency and accountability are rightly being demanded by the public against a backdrop of increasing demand, crime complexity and vulnerability.
On a national level, Andy was appointed as the National Police Chief’s Council’s (NPCC) policing lead for Body Worn Video in 2014. The high spec cameras enable police officers to build trust with the public and a more accurate and verifiable digital record of evidence. He’s led a change to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act to allow cameras to be used for interviews and is developing a business case with the Home Office to allow them to be used for taking witness statements.
He is also the NPCC’S lead for international co-ordination, a role he has held since 2015, and was responsible for launching the joint international policing hub.
Andy is married with two daughters and enjoys fly fishing, running and rowing. His rowing talents earned him a bronze medal from the World Fire and Police Games in 2013.
Earlier this year he completed a 15,000ft parachute jump to raise money for the national UK Police Memorial.