Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ian Roberts
Ian Roberts is temporary assistant chief constable at Gwent Police. He joined the service in 1996 and has served his local communities in a wide range of uniform and detective roles ever since. He was promoted to sergeant in 2001 and led response and CID teams before his promotion to detective inspector in 2004.
Between 2004-2008, Ian headed up the Divisional Crime Management Unit and Force Intelligence Bureau, leading on the force-wide implementation of the National Intelligence Model. He also served as a divisional detective inspector, completing the Senior Investigating Officers Development Programme during 2005/6. In 2008, Ian was promoted to the rank of detective chief inspector and served in the Professional Standards Department, leading investigations into police misconduct.
Ian was promoted to detective superintendent in 2012 and was head of the force Public Protection Unit for a period of three years during a very challenging period where the police services were under intense scrutiny for their response to child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse. During his tenure, he established a regional forum for the sharing of good practice between PPUs and relevant external partners across Wales.
Between 2016-2018, Ian held roles as head of Specialist Uniform Operations and the Force Control Room. During this time, he led the Force Control Room through a difficult period, following the implementation of a new staffing model and a new command and control system. Between 2018-2020, Ian was the local policing area chief superintendent for the east of Gwent (Newport and Monmouthshire). His proudest achievements in this role were the significant improvements made to tackling serious and organised crime, protecting vulnerable people, and the development of an effective community safety partnership.
In 2020, Ian led strategic co-ordinating groups (SCGs) in response to severe flooding and the Covid-19 pandemic. In the face of significant pressure, he established an effective partnership structure for the Covid-19 SCG and for the force’s internal response. He also built effective relationships with leaders across Welsh Government and Public Health Wales during this time. As T/ACC, he has led a review of the force’s operating model, overseen significant improvements in force performance, and led the development of the force’s action plan for equality, diversity and inclusion.
Ian holds a level 7 qualification in ‘lean thinking’ with the Lean Enterprise Research Centre and a Post Graduate Certificate in evidence-based practice with the Open University. He is married to Ally, who is also a police officer, and they have two teenage children. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, making pizza on his wood-fire oven, playing golf and walking.
Ian believes passionately in providing the best possible policing service for his local communities and in enhancing the wellbeing of the organisation. He has been actively involved in the leadership of police sport in Gwent since 2004 and has chaired the executive committee since 2013. He has hosted the annual Police Sport Gwent awards dinner for the past ten years and raised thousands of pounds for local charities.