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South Wales chief leaves force to join the Met as assistant commissioner

Matt Jukes to initially lead Met?s transformation portfolio from November
Published - 22/09/2020 By - Gary Mason

Matt Jukes, the chief constable of South Wales Police is moving to the Met as Assistant Commissioner following the retirement of Mark Simmons.

He is expected to take up his appointment in November. 

Initially, and for a limited period, he will provide leadership to the Met’s transformation portfolio following the planned retirement of the current Transformation Director, Peter Fox.

The South Wales chief constable's salary is circa £160,000pa. Met assistant commissioners' pay is set at approximately £199,000.

Meanwhile in South Wales from 7 November, Deputy Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan will be Acting Chief Constable for an interim period, and Assistant Chief Constable Jenny Gilmer will be Acting Deputy Chief Constable. Other interim positions will be announced in due course, the force said.

Explaining his reasons for the move CC Jukes said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Metropolitan Police over many years, operationally and on several areas of national work.

“I am therefore delighted, and it is a real privilege to join the Met as a member of the Commissioner’s leadership team.”

CC Jukes was appointed Chief Constable of South Wales Police in January 2018.

He started his career with South Yorkshire Police in 1995.

He worked for the forerunner of the National Counter Terrorism Policing network and represented United Kingdom policing at G8 meetings in the United States in 2004. He remains involved strategically in counter terrorism and has had a leading role in a number of high profile operations across England and Wales.

He joined South Wales Police as an Assistant Chief Constable in 2010. He led the latest phase of the force’s response to several miscarriage of justice cases from the 1980s and 90s, including the infamous ‘Cardiff 3’ case. He also was the enior officer overseeing electoral fraud investigations in the National Assembly.

He has led on a number of portfolios for the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), including the recruitment and retention of detectives, and is now the NPCC lead on police officer pay and conditions.

He said “I joined South Wales Police ten years ago and I have never looked back. It has been a tremendous privilege to hold senior leadership positions in the Force; since 2013 as Deputy Chief Constable and then, from 2018 as Chief Constable. In that time, I have seen so often the care and compassion of colleagues, and the strength of the South Wales Police family.

“And South Wales Police has made a real mark on me. There will definitely be a bit of me that is ‘Cymru am byth’ as I move on.”

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