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Bill Skelly

Bill was appointed Chief Constable in November 2016, commencing his role in February 2017.

Born on the east coast of Scotland, Bill grew up in the countryside before completing his schooling in Dundee. He then moved to study mathematics and physics at Edinburgh University, where he later completed an MBA. Bill joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1990 and completed the command course at Bramshill in 2004 and the following year, a Diploma in criminology at Cambridge.

Through his policing career he has held many rewarding positions including leading the Immigration Crime Team at New Scotland Yard and being appointed in 2008 by Her Majesty the Queen as her Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland.

Bill joined Devon and Cornwall Police from Police Scotland as Deputy Chief Constable in 2013 where he had been working on the safety and security of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors having passed with distinction their Certificate and Diploma programmes and been accepted as a Chartered Director.

He is a keen supporter of celebrating policing history and was the founding Chair of the South West Police Heritage Trust.  On reflecting on his own journey, he expresses his values that developed as a child growing up in Scotland, with his role in modern-day policing of Lincolnshire, as a deep desire for fairness and justice; an abhorrence for the abuse of power and bullying in every sense; and a need to intervene and do his duty.

Bill is delighted to be Chief Constable and has two goals for Lincolnshire Police: to deliver the best possible service for our communities by better matching demand and resources; and investing in the wellbeing of all staff to become the happiest, healthiest and most active in the country.

When not on duty Bill, who is married with two daughters, likes to spend his time outdoors, enjoying walking and cycling, including in the past, pedalling from London to Edinburgh!

He is also an avid volleyball player and the chair of the Police Sport UK Volleyball Section, playing on many occasions as a member of the National Police Team at home and in Europe.

VIDEOS: Chief Constable's vlog

Every month Bill films a video blog which you can watch by visiting the Chief's Vlog section of our website.

30 May 18 12:04 PM

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