Martin Richards (police officer)

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Martin Richards
Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police
In office
Preceded by Elizabeth Neville
Succeeded by Brian Moore
Chief Constable of Sussex Police
In office
2008 – Present
Preceded by Joe Edwards
Personal details
Born (1959-08-13)13 August 1959
Staffordshire, England
Spouse(s) Judith Richards
Children Two sons & two stepsons
Occupation Police officer

Martin Richards QPM (born 1959) is a retired police officer, whose last post was as the Chief Constable of Sussex Police, a position in which he served from 1 October 2008 until his retirement from the Police service in 2014. Previously, he served as Chief Constable of the Wiltshire Police.[1]


Richards was a student at Warwick School located in Warwick, England, from 1966 to 1977.[2] For his tertiary education, he attended and graduated from Bristol University located in Bristol, England. Richards later attained a Masters in Criminology at Cambridge University following his entrance into the police force.[3]


Richards joined Warwickshire Police in 1982, where he was stationed across a range of geographical areas in numerous roles. His command positions included District Commander at Nuneaton, Head of Communications, Performance Review Manager, and a short period as Head of CID. He also served for two years in National Police Training as Head of Recruit Training Center at Ryton-on-Dunsmore.

After obtaining his Criminology degree, Richards was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable at Avon and Somerset Constabulary in 1998. He was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in 2002.

Richards was appointed Chief Constable of the Wiltshire Police in September 2004.[4] While he was Chief Constable, he oversaw "Optimums", a 12-month program of modernisation and reform within the Force, as well as a collaborative project involving all five Forces within the South West region.

Richards is the Chair of the National Training Managers Group. When the minimum national qualification was introduced in January 2010 by the NPIA (National Policing Improvement Agency), he oversaw the national implementation of Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP), a compulsory diploma to be obtained by all new recruits.[5] Richards also currently represents the Association of Chief Police Officers on the Police Dependants' Trust.

Personal life[edit]

Richard and his wife, Judith, have two sons, Charlie and Hugh, and two stepsons, Robert and Marcus.[citation needed]

Police appointments
Preceded by
Elizabeth Neville
Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police
Succeeded by
Brian Moore
Preceded by
Joe Edwards
Chief Constable of Sussex Police
2008 – Present
Succeeded by


  1. ^ BBC News (1 October 2007). "Police chief calls for 'humility'". BBC News. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Warwick School. "Chief Constable returns to school". Old Warwickians. Warwick School. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Sussex Police. "Who's who". Sussex Police. Sussex Police. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  4. ^ BBC News (26 July 2007). "Force names new chief constable". BBC News. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Initial Police Learning". NPIA – National Policing Improvement Agency. NPIA. 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 

People educated at Warwick School