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Assistant Chief Constable Jon Cummins

Jon joined Avon and Somerset Police in April 2024 as Assistant Chief Constable for Response and Neighbourhoods, having previously worked for South Wales, Metropolitan, and Dyfed-Powys police forces in wide-ranging roles.

He started his policing career with South Wales Police in 2005, holding roles in Neighbourhood Policing, Response, Investigations, and the Roads Policing Unit.

Jon then transferred to the Metropolitan Police in 2009, where he worked in a number of operational roles in the challenging inner-city Lambeth, Southwark, and Westminster Borough Operational Command Units.

In January 2014, he moved to Dyfed-Powys Police as Deputy BCU Commander, leading teams across the largest geographical BCU in England and Wales. Jon was also Head of Specialist Operations, Head of Uniformed Policing, Head of Criminal Justice and Custody, and had strategic responsibility and leadership of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion function.

During 2016, he was seconded to HMICFRS as part of the PEEL Inspection team, probing forces including Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Merseyside, Durham, and Kent.

Jon says:

“Policing has always been my passion and something I’m really proud to be doing every day. Being able to do this in a part of the country, which holds a special place in my heart, makes it even better. Witnessing the incredible work being done by colleagues across Avon and Somerset every single day is a real privilege.

“Central to my role is our commitment to deliver an outstanding service. This involves not only rapid and effective responses but also thoughtful, comprehensive solutions that truly meet the public’s needs.

“Community-focused policing is fundamental to ensuring public safety and building trust.

“Throughout my career, I have dedicated myself to strengthening our connections with the communities we serve, addressing their concerns with proactive, sensitive measures.

“I am committed to being a visible and supportive leader for our frontline teams. By regularly engaging with them and understanding their challenges, we can provide the necessary tools, training, and support to enhance their effectiveness.

“My goal is to foster an environment of continuous improvement, where we collaboratively work internally, and with our partners, to reduce non-crime policing demands including through the implementation of right care, right person.

“Innovation is key to our success. I am focused on integrating creative problem-solving and strategic improvements to reduce demands and achieve the best outcomes for our communities.”

Key responsibilities
  • Assistant Chief Constable for Response and Neighbourhoods
  • 2024 – Joined Avon and Somerset Police as Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for neighbourhoods, partnerships and response
  • 2023 – Head of Criminal Justice and Custody at Dyfed-Powys Police
  • 2020 – Chief Superintendent and Head of Uniformed Policing with strategic responsibility for the Force Communications Centre; specialist operations; neighbourhood policing; and equality, diversity and inclusion at Dyfed-Powys Police
  • 2019 – Head of Specialist Operations leading operational firearms, roads policing, public order and dog unit departments at Dyfed-Powys Police
  • 2016 – Superintendent and BCU Commander for Powys
  • 2016 – Seconded to HMICFRS as part of the PEEL inspection team
  • 2014 – Deputy BCU Commander at Dyfed-Powys Police
  • 2009 – Frontline operational roles at the Metropolitan Police
  • 2005 – Neighbourhood policing, response and roads policing at South Wales Police
Career highlights and achievements
  • Part of the public order response to the 2011 London riots
  • Bronze commander at major events, including the London 2012 Olympic Games
  • Leading the Force Control Room and implementing a new leadership structure and operation model making it one of the best performing control rooms in the country
  • Leading a revised Neighbourhood Policing model
  • Force Gold lead for Operation Talla, the COVID-19 pandemic response
  • Introducing the Drone Unit and Proactive Roads Crime Unit as Head of Specialist Operations
  • Leading the implementation of a revised local policing model
  • Chair of the Area Planning Board for Hywel Dda Health Board and overseeing the rollout of Nyxoid to front-line officers
  • BCU Commander for the largest geographic BCU in England and Wales
Qualifications, awards and recognition
  • College of Policing Executive Leadership Programme – Cohort 1
  • NPCC Authorising Officer
  • Specialist Strategic Firearms Commander
  • Strategic Public Order and Public Safety Commander
  • Strategic CBRN Commander
  • Multi-Agency Gold Incident Commander
  • MSc Leadership and Management
  • MBA Business Administration
  • BSc (Hons) Policing Studies
  • Chartered Manager – Chartered Management Institute
  • Fellow – Chartered Management Institute
  • Fellow – The Institute of Leadership
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