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), a diploma in Applied Criminology and a PhD in Criminology (Wolfson College, Cambridge: 2018).[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] The NPIA was operational from 1 April 2007 until 2012, when the Agency was closed and its training and research functions transferred to the College of Policing, which was set up following the recommendations of Neyroud’s Review of Police Training and Leadership which was commissioned by Home Secretary Theresa May and published in 2011.[3]

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.[4]

He is currently a lecturer in Evidence-Based Policing at the Institute of Criminology of the University of Cambridge.[5]

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


  1. ^ a b c "New Chief Executive Of The National Policing Improvement Agency Appointed". News and Events. Home Office. Retrieved 14 September 2008.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Chief Constable Peter Neyroud". National Police Improvement Agency. Archived from the original on 20 June 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Review of police leadership and training".
  4. ^ "No. 59808". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 June 2011. p. 8.
  5. ^ "Peter Neyroud | Institute of Criminology". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  6. ^ Martin Stallion and David Wall. The British police: forces and chief officers 1829-2012. Police History Society, 2012. ISBN 978-0951253861