Pictured above: Gavin Thomas, Irene Curtis, Paul Griffiths
Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas has been elected as the new President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales.
Detective Superintendent Paul Griffiths has been elected as the Association’s new Vice President.
Both appointments will begin on March 21st 2016 when the Association’s Annual General Meeting takes place.
Current President Chief Superintendent Irene Curtis, who will retire at the end of her term, said:
“I have worked with Gavin and Paul for many years and am delighted they have been elected by our National Executive Committee. They are both highly experienced leaders who are dedicated to improving policing.
“I am confident they will provide excellent leadership to the Association and sound counsel and advice to both our members and those we work with, and will be highly influential in shaping the future of the service for the benefit of the public we serve.”
Gavin, who is currently Vice President of the Association, will serve as President Elect until he takes over in March. He said:
“I have been privileged to serve as Vice President for three years and feel equally privileged to be elected President. This is a great Association and I will take enormous pride in leading it.
“I want to pay tribute to Irene’s fantastic work and superb leadership during a very challenging time for the service. She has been nothing short of inspirational and will leave a lasting legacy to both the Association and to the service.
“Many of the challenges Irene has steered the Association and its members through persist. Through my Presidency I hope to continue our focus on wellbeing and valuing difference, and to advance critical issues such as the future direction of policing, the adoption of new technology and the integration of public services.”
Paul, who serves with Gwent Police, has been active in the Association for many years as a Branch and District Secretary and a member of the Panel of Friends. He said:
“My career in policing has provided me with incredible opportunities and experience, and being elected to the role of Vice President of the Association is another of these. I am very much looking forward to working with Gavin and to representing our members at a national level.
“As the senior operational leaders in policing, the Superintending ranks are a critical part of policing and public services and I hope to play a key role in ensuring their voice continues to be heard.”
The election took place at the National Executive Committee meeting of the PSAEW on Thursday January 14th in Broadway, Worcestershire in accordance with the rules of the Association.
About Gavin Thomas
Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas has lived and served all his career in Gloucestershire.
Gavin has served as a Detective at every rank including Head of Crime and Protective Services and in a variety of areas including specialist crime, Counter Terrorism and as an SIO. In 2006 he attended the FBI programme at Quantico, Virginia.
Gavin has also served as a Detective Chief Superintendent in Professional Standards and also as a BCU commander.
Gavin has been active within the Association for many years, as both Branch and District Chair and Secretary. He was elected as National Vice President in 2013.
Gavin is married with two daughters and enjoys cycling, sailing and walking.
About Paul Griffiths
Paul has served in both uniform and detective Ranks throughout his career, performing operational, investigative and organisational roles for Gwent Police. He is a Senior Investigating Officer, Strategic Firearms Commander, Authorising Officer and a Negotiator Co-ordinator.
Paul has held Branch and District Executive roles since 2010 and is on the Panel of Friends. He was elected to Vice President in January 2016.
Paul holds a BSc (Hons) and MSc in Criminal Justice Studies. He is married with teenage sons and in his spare time enjoys physical challenges, adventures and charity work. In 2014 he combined all three to walk 870 miles around the Coastal Path of Wales for the charity COPS (Care of Police Survivors).