Hampshire has a new top cop

Scott Chilton is the Chief Constable of Hampshire & Isle of Wight taking over from Olivia Pinkney.

Scott joined Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary in 1992, working his way through uniformed policing before joining CID in 1996, spending the next 16 years as a detective progressing through the ranks to Chief Superintendent.

He did a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2008, where he spearheaded the tackling of corruption and police reform on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and headed Hampshire Special Branch.

He worked his way up to Assistant Chief Constable (Crime, Criminal Justice and Intelligence) at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary. He joined Dorset Police in July 2020 as Deputy Chief Constable and was promoted to Chief Constable in July 2021.

Chief Constable Chilton said: “It’s a real privilege to be the first home grown Chief Constable in the force where I began my career in policing, and to be given the opportunity to lead the dedicated and committed officers, staff and volunteers.”