Local commanders

Meet the senior police officers leading your local areas.

Our policing area covers 1,500 square miles of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and has been split into individual areas. Each of these areas is led by a local commander who works to make communities safer.

Alison Heydari


Supt Alison Heydari is the District Commander for Southampton.

Alison joined us in 2000 and has been the local commander for Southampton since January 2016 after being the Chief Inspector for Havant and Waterlooville. Alison has run a Public Protection Unit managing hate crime, domestic violence, child protection and vulnerable adults, and she has trained as a negotiator for incidents involving suicide, crisis and kidnap.

Her key objectives are reducing crime and ASB, targeting the most prolific offenders, delivering a quality service to victims and working with communities to jointly resolve priority community issues.

Alison is married with her family being made up of a very supportive husband, two children and two German shepherd dogs.

Email: alison.heydari@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Sarah Jackson


Supt Sarah Jackson leads the Isle of Wight district.

Sarah joined the police in August 1989. After qualifying, her first posting was to the New Forest before moving to Southampton. She then transferred to Ashford in Kent, where she was promoted to Sergeant, before returning to Hampshire in 2003 as an Inspector and being promoted to Chief Inspector in 2006.

Sarah became a Superintendent in 2014, while she was staff officer for the Chief Constable. The following year, she returned to the Isle of Wight, where she grew up, to become district commander. She has around 150 officers and staff under her command.

One of her key focuses is to support those who are vulnerable and to minimise that vulnerability, in partnership with health, the local authority and others.  Sarah also remains committed to ensuring the Isle of Wight is an inhospitable environment for those intent to committing crime.

Email: sarah.jackson@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Will Schofield


Supt Will Schofield is the District Commander for Portsmouth.

Will joined us in 1987 when he was 20 years old and has held a variety of frontline leadership roles. He completed two secondments in strategic planning and working on the first ‘austerity’ programme, and since then has been a local commander.

Will was a public order Inspector for several years and policed many large events including party conferences, football matches, protests and the summer solstice at Stonehenge. He also led the operational planning for a large outdoor music event near Winchester. Previously, Will has been a firearms commander leading operations across Hampshire, and occassionally further afield.

Will has been a local commander for over eight years across three different districts - Havant, the Isle of Wight and now Portsmouth and says these have been some of the most challenging and rewarding roles he has undertaken. He loves working in partnership to seek long term solutions to community safety challenges.

Email: will.schofield@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Beth Pirie

Chief Inspector

C/Insp Beth Pirie leads Southampton district.

Beth took up this role in late 2016. Beth’s policing career, which began in 1999, has also included work in areas such as Response & Patrol, Custody, Roads Policing, Force Control Room and she has also been District Commander for East Hants. In addition to her daily role, Beth takes up extra duties as a Public Order Commander.

Outside of work Beth enjoys ultra-running.

Email: beth.pirie@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Clare Jenkins

Chief Inspector

C/Insp Clare Jenkins leads East Hampshire and Havant districts.

Clare took up this role in late 2016. Clare’s policing career, which began in the early 1990s, has also included work in safeguarding, custody investigation, Operation Fortress and the Operational Change Programme.

Outside of work Clare enjoys spending time in the gym, or outdoors running and is taxi driver to her three teenage children.

Email: clare.jenkins@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Darren Miller

Chief Inspector

C/Insp Darren Miller leads Eastleigh and Hedge End districts.

Darren joined Hampshire Constabulary in 1991 and has been the District Commander for Eastleigh and Hedge End since July 2017. He has worked as a uniformed officer throughout his career which has included Response & Patrol, Roads Policing and as a Firearms Commander on the Joint Operations Unit working across the Hampshire and Thames Valley area. He has also spent time on secondment with the Home Office working on national policing programmes, is a Silver Public Order Commander and also supports the National Police Chiefs Council Lead for Firearms Licensing.

His focus is to work with his colleagues on the District, along with partners, to support the vulnerable and be robust against those who seek to cause harm to people.

Email: darren.miller@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Deborah Brooks

Chief Inspector

C/Insp Deborah Brooks leads Hart and Rushmoor district.

Deborah has almost 28 years service with us and within that time has worked at various districts in Hampshire including Portsmouth and Southampton. Deborah has performed in a number of roles including custody and criminal justice, performance management, training new recruits and managing the neighbourhood policing in Basingstoke.

Deborah’s priorities are keeping people safe, working closely with communities and ensuring that Rushmoor and Hart are safe places to live and work.  Deborah believes that whilst the police service is always changing, these priorities is something which will always remain the same for her.

Email: deborah.brooks@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Jim Pegler

Chief Inspector

C/Insp Jim Peglar leads Portsmouth district.

Jim joined the City of London Police in 1995, transferring to us four years later as a Constable in Havant. Jim became a Sergeant in 2003 in Eastleigh and later an Inspector covering Fareham and Winchester, before taking up a role in Tactical Firearms where he was promoted to Chief Inspector.

Jim returned to local policing in 2013 as District Commander for Fareham and Gosport Districts.

In February 2016, Jim took up his current role in Portsmouth where he is responsible for coordinating operational policing in the city. He has a strong focus on ensuring that threat and risk that exist in Portsmouth is met with the right response from police and partners.

Jim leads for the force on Post Incident Management and is the force tactical lead for Drug Related Harm.

Email: james.peglar@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Kory Thorne

Chief Inspector

C/Insp Kory Thorne leads Test Valley district.

Kory has been the District Commander for the Test Valley since October 2014. Kory has served with us since 1993, working in a variety of roles covering mainly the North of the county. His most recent role involved operations, personnel management and projects.

His priorities are to build partnerships that help his teams deliver a better public service, tackle crime and offending, and to identify and protect vulnerable people in our communities.

Email: kory.thorne@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Mark Lynch

Chief Inspctor

C/Insp Mark Lynch leads Winchester district.

Joining Thames Valley Police in 1997, Mark has undertaken various frontline roles including nine years within CID and specialist crime departments. Mark has also been involved in public order policing, commanding events both locally and nationally and more recently became the safeguarding lead at Slough, with specific responsibilities for tackling knife crime, youth violence, gangs and protecting vulnerable persons.

Outside of work Mark enjoys participating in most sports, travel and spending time with his young family.

Adopting a pragmatic and problem solving approach to policing, Mark is looking forward to working with everyone in Winchester district and playing his part in maintaining public confidence in the police and providing the best service to the local community.

Email: mark.lynch@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Matt Reeves

Chief Inspector

C/Insp Matt Reeves leads Basingstoke district.

Matt has been leading this area since July 2016. Prior to this, he was the district commander in Hart. He joined us in 1997, having gained a degree in Economics and Law from the University of Leicester. He has worked in a number of different locations around the force including Portsmouth, Andover, Farnborough, Aldershot and Fleet, gaining a broad range of policing experience in both urban and rural settings.

Matt has always worked in front line roles, such as response and patrol, neighbourhood policing and in CID. He has additional responsibilities as a public order / public safety commander and regularly works at events such as sporting fixtures, music festivals and protests.

Email: matthew.reeves@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Robert Mitchell

Chief Inspector

C/Insp Robert Mitchell leads New Forest district.

Robert has been the District Commander for the New Forest since October 2016. He has served wit us since 1997, working in a variety of roles covering mainly the south east and north of the county. His most recent role involved providing tactical firearms command across Hampshire and the Thames Valley.

His priorities are to build partnerships that help his teams deliver a better public service, tackle crime and offending, and to identify and protect vulnerable people in our communities.

Email: robert.mitchell@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Sharon Woolrich

Chief Inspector

C/Insp Sharon Woolrich leads Fareham and Gosport districts.

Sharon took up this role in late 2016. Sharon’s policing career, which began 1998 in Gosport, has also included work in areas such as the Force Control Room, Firearms and Critical Incident command.

In her spare time Sharon enjoys skiing, athletics and simply spending time with the family.

Email: sharon.woolrich@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

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