Chief officer team
Alan Pughsley is responsible for:
- the direction and control of the force
- budget management and the use of funds to deliver force objectives
As Chief Constable he’s accountable to the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and is the person responsible to the courts for police operations.
He’s also a member of the Kent Partnership and the Public Service Board.
Alan Pughsley joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1984 where he carried out a variety of roles, mainly as a detective. He has expertise in murder investigations, armed robbery, firearms and drug related crimes. In 2005 he ran the Kidnap and Specialist Investigation Unit and led the Special Project’s Team tackling ‘contract killings’ and serious and organised crime.
In 2007 Mr Pughsley went to Lewisham, South London as Borough Commander. He was responsible for all policing activity in the borough, including crime detection and reduction, citizen focus, neighbourhood policing and partnership working.
Mr Pughsley has also spent time with Surrey Police as a Detective Superintendent in the Partnership and Criminal Justice Unit, responsible for establishing strategic alliances and working partnerships with key stakeholders.
Mr Pughsley joined Kent Police on 18 May 2009 as Assistant Chief Constable for Specialist Operations before heading up a new joint Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, one of the largest in the country.
In March 2011 Mr Pughsley was appointed Deputy Chief Constable where he led on the design and implementation of a new policing model, was responsible for quality performance delivery as well as ensuring the force was run in an efficient and effective way.
In December 2013 Mr Pughsley was appointed Chief Constable of Kent Police, taking up the role in January 2014. He said: ‘I am honoured and privileged to be given the opportunity to serve the communities of Kent as Chief Constable.’
In June 2015 Mr Pughsley received the prestigious Queen’s Police Medal in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours list. The medal is awarded by the Sovereign for distinguished service.
- all operational delivery and performance
- corporate services
- professional standards
- legal services
- corporate communications
He supports the Chief Constable in ensuring the force’s resources meet the Chief Constable’s policing mission, vision, values and priorities whilst operating in an affordable funding context.
Ian Responsibilities include:
- Support Services
- Corporate Finance
- Corporate Services
- Inspection and Innovation
- Change Management
- Information Security
- Data Protection
- Human Resources
- Learning and Development
- Occupational Health
- Performance Improvement Unit
- Business Services
- Legal Services
- Corporate Communications
Ian is also the co-founder and Chair of the Police Staff Benevolent Fund.
- Tactical Operations
- Crime and Incident Response
- Criminal Justice and Special Branch
- Protecting Vulnerable People Command
Tim Smith is responsible for the joint Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, including:
- intelligence and specialist operations
- major, serious and organised crime
- vulnerability investigation teams
- criminal investigation department
- local policing teams
Peter Ayling took up the position of Assistant Chief Constable on 18 June 2018.
Peter joined Kent Police in 1998 working in a variety of roles including local policing, public order and firearms command and strategic partnerships.
In 2011 he joined the Metropolitan Police Service on promotion to superintendent.
During his time in the Metropolitan Police Service Peter had responsibility for more than 1,500 officers and staff as the Borough Commander for Westminster, where he led on a number of critical issues.
As a member of the Metropolitan Police Service Advanced Public Order Cadre Peter commanded in high risk and complex environments across London including mass protest, high profile football fixtures and ceremonial events.
- Finance (Essex)
- the development and implementation of corporate people and learning strategies
- the delivery of learning and development
- recruitment and people resourcing
- operational and strategic human resources delivery
- occupational health services
- talent management and people development
- Performance Improvement Units
Richard successfully completed the Strategic Command Course (SCC) in 2018, is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and has substantial experience of leading both generalist and specialist human resource related functions.