Peter Vaughan (police officer)

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Peter Vaughan
Chief Constable of South Wales Police
Assumed office
January 2010
Preceded by Barbara Wilding
Personal details
Born Peter James Vaughan
(1962-09-07) 7 September 1962 (age 54)
Aberfan, South Wales
Citizenship United Kingdom
Nationality Welsh
Alma mater University of Wales, Swansea

Peter Vaughan, QPM, CStJ, DL (born 7 September 1962) is a Welsh police chief. Since 2010, he has served as the Chief Constable of South Wales Police.

Early life and education[edit]

Vaughan was born on 7 September 1962 in Aberfan, South Wales.[1][2] He gained a first class Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science and Operations Research from the University of Wales, Swansea.[3]


Joining South Wales Police on graduation, he progressed to Superintendent leading the Community Safety Department. After a period with head office, he became head of the BCU in Merthyr Tydfil, and then Divisional Commander at Rhondda Cynon Taff.[3]

Vaughan then attended the ACPO Strategic Command Course, and on graduation was appointed Assistant Chief Constable for Wiltshire Constabulary, during which time he led the investigation into the deaths at Tidworth Camp in July 2006. During this period he led the ACPO Police Dog Working Group and Public Order Events team.[3]

He returned to South Wales Police in January 2007 as Assistant Chief Constable, progressing to Deputy Chief Constable in April 2007. Appointed Chief Constable from January 2010, he took over from the retiring Barbara Wilding.[2][4][5]


Vaughan was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the 2013 New Year Honours and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan in 2013.


  1. ^ "VAUGHAN, Peter James". Who's Who 2016. Oxford University Press. November 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Deputy steps up to take on police force's £144k top job". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  3. ^ a b c "Peter Vaughan BSc". Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  4. ^ "New Chief Constable will not cut frontline policing". BBC Wales. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
  5. ^ "New Chief Constable for South Wales Police". 7 January 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-24. 
Police appointments
Preceded by
Barbara Wilding
Chief Constable of South Wales Police
2010 to present