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Chief Constable Recruitment

Police & Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend has congratulated Tim De Meyer after he was approved to become the next Chief Constable for Surrey Police this spring.

The Commissioner began the search for an exceptional new leader of the Force following the news that current Chief Constable Gavin Stephens had secured a new role as the head of the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC).

Tim is currently Assistant Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police. He was selected to become Surrey’s next Chief Constable after a thorough assessment day which included questioning from some of Surrey Police’s key stakeholders and being interviewed by an appointments panel chaired by the Commissioner.

Learn more about Tim by reading his biography below.

“Selecting a Chief Constable for this great county is one of the most important responsibilities of my role as Commissioner.

“Having seen the passion, experience and professionalism Tim demonstrated during the selection process, I have every confidence he will be an outstanding leader who will guide Surrey Police into an exciting future ahead.”

Tim De Meyer – next Chief Constable of Surrey Police

Preferred Candidate for Chief Constable Tim De Meyer

Tim began his policing career with the Metropolitan Police Service in 1997 and served in detective roles at each rank, in various boroughs and specialist departments across South and West London.  

He joined Thames Valley Police in 2008.  In 2012 he was promoted to Chief Superintendent, specifically for Neighbourhood Policing & Partnership before becoming Head of Professional Standards in 2014.

Tim was then promoted to Assistant Chief Constable in 2017, becoming Assistant Chief Constable for Crime & Criminal Justice and in 2022 becoming Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing. Tim is also the NPCC Lead for Disclosure. 

In his current role, Tim’s priorities include focusing on domestic abuse and on bringing to justice those who assault police officers, staff and fellow emergency service workers.

Police and Crime Plan for Surrey

Police and Crime Plan

Lisa’s plan includes ensuring the safety of our local roads, tackling anti-social behaviour and reducing violence against women and girls in Surrey.

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