Peter Neyroud

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Peter William Neyroud CBE QPM (born 12 August 1959) is a retired British police officer. He was the Chief Executive Officer for the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), and former Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police. He announced his retirement from the NPIA in March 2010.

Neyroud was educated at Winchester College and Oriel College, Oxford, where he studied Modern History. He holds an MSc in Professional Studies (Crime and Policing) and a diploma in Applied Criminology.[1]

Peter Neyroud joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1980, rising through the ranks within Hampshire to Detective Superintendent. He was appointed Assistant Chief Constable of West Mercia Constabulary in 1998 and reached Deputy Chief Constable two years later. He was appointed Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police in 2002.[2]

His position within the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) was announced by the then Home Secretary Charles Clarke in October 2005, taking up the post as the CEO (Designate) in January 2006.[1] In competition for the role he beat a number of private sector competitors and Norman Bettison, the CEO of Centrex. The NPIA has been operational since 1 April 2007.

Peter Neyroud was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for services to the police in 2004 and is a widely published author on policing.[1] He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours.[3]

He is currently a lecturer in Evidence-Based Policing (and PhD candidate) at the Institute of Criminology of the University of Cambridge.[4]

Police appointments
Preceded by
[5]Sir Charles Pollard
Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police
2002 — 2007
Succeeded by
Sara Thornton


  1. ^ a b c "New Chief Executive Of The National Policing Improvement Agency Appointed". News and Events. Home Office. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Chief Constable Peter Neyroud". National Police Improvement Agency. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  3. ^ "No. 59808". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2011. p. 8. 
  4. ^ "Peter Neyroud | Institute of Criminology". Retrieved 2016-09-07. 
  5. ^ Martin Stallion and David Wall. The British police: forces and chief officers 1829-2012. Police History Society, 2012. ISBN 978-0951253861