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John Long



John Long

Job Title

Acting Chief Constable

Company Name

Avon and Somerset Constabulary


John Long has worked in UK policing since he joined the Metropolitan Police in London in 1984. Prior to this he studied economics and economic history at Newcastle University, graduating in 1982, before working with the Transport Executive in that city during the construction of the Metro light railway system. He has a wide range of policing experience and latterly has undertaken a number of Chief Officer roles in Avon and Somerset Constabulary. He was the lead Police Chief Officer for establishing the force’s Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Scheme. The scheme gained national pathfinder status with the Ministry of Justice in 2008 and has developed into the management of dangerous offenders over the past 2 years. He has also been the national police lead for IOM since 2009. In June 2013 he was awarded the QPM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to crime reduction and offender rehabilitation. He is currently the Acting Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset and is working with the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and organisations such as the Prison Reform Trust to further develop IOM and special provisions around women’s offending. John has also worked in two major European Commission work programmes, concerning the defence rights of suspects in EU nations and integrated work on dangerous offenders. Outside of his current role he also is a Trustee of two charities and is a guest Lecturer in Criminology at three universities, having gained a Masters degree in criminology from Brunel University in 1994. He has been published in this subject area. He is also qualified in company direction through the IOD. In his spare time he is passionate about music, particularly jazz, playing one of his many guitars and maintaining his interest in music technology.