Chief Constable Pam Kelly joined Gwent Police in 2017 as the Deputy Chief Constable from neighbouring Dyfed-Powys Police.
Much of her 25 years of service has been within the Criminal Investigation Department, dealing with covert policing, public protection and professional standards.
Pam started her career in policing serving as a volunteer in the Special Constabulary before becoming a Regular Officer in Dyfed-Powys Police in 1994.
Pam has a strong operational background, having performed the role of Senior Investigating Officer for approximately 10 years, predominately investigating murder, manslaughter, rape and serious organised crime cases across Wales and beyond.
Pam is passionate about safeguarding vulnerable people and during the 1990’s, Pam was seconded to HMIC where she was tasked with inspecting forces in England & Wales on their child protection procedures following the tragic death of Victoria Climbe. Pam’s role in HMIC played a key role in the improvement of standards of child protection across the UK.
Pam was also the first policing author for the All Wales Child Protection procedures and also played a key role in implementing the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements in terms of managing sex and dangerous offenders across the UK.
In 2011, Pam played a key role as a Senior Identification Manager in aiding in the recovery of deceased British citizens following the Japanese tsunami, as well as plane crashes in Afghanistan and Tripoli. Pam is also trained as a Firearms Commander, Public Order Commander and Hostage Negotiator.
Throughout her career Pam has worked as a Superintendent in a Neighbourhood Commander role and a Chief Superintendent in a Territorial Policing Commander role across the four counties of Dyfed Powys, before becoming the Assistant Chief Constable in Dyfed Powys for just over two years.
Pam was appointed Deputy Chief Constable for Gwent Police in July 2017 and since July 1st 2019, she has been carrying out the role of Chief Constable.
Pam is educated to Post-Graduate level, achieving a BA honour in humanities (Religious Studies /History/English) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education – she achieved qualified secondary school teacher status. She is also a Fellow of the University of Trinity St David, Carmarthen for her services to the communities.
National Policing Portfolios: Pam chairs the NPCC Workforce Coordination Committee.