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

Superintendent

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

Superintendent

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

Maggie Blyth

Superintendent

Supt Maggie Blyth is the District Commander for Portsmouth.

Maggie became the Supt for Portsmouth in January 2018, as her first post as a direct entry police officer. She joined the force under the direct entry programme in November 2016 and undertook intensive training and operational rotations with officers from constable and to superintendent level, as well as successfully completing the police exams and diploma in police leadership.  

Maggie has brought over 30 years of strategic experience in child protection and youth justice, including national oversight at the Home Office.

Her priorities for Portsmouth are public confidence, tackling high harm crime in our community and protecting those individuals most vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

Maggie is married with three children.

Email: maggie.blyth@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

John Halfacre

Temporary Chief Inspector

Temporary C/Insp John Halfacre leads Hart & Rushmoor district.

John has over 25 years policing experience, with the majority of that time spent in frontline uniformed roles in Hart and Rushmoor. John has served as a PC, PS and Inspector in both Neighborhood and Response roles based at various times at Aldershot, Farnborough, Fleet and Yateley, giving him a unique perspective on the complexities of policing this part of Hampshire.

John also has experience in the roles of Counter Terrorism Security Coordinator, Force strategic planning, large event planning and as a Police Federation representative.

In November 2017 John was selected to lead the Hart & Rushmoor Districts, with the responsibility of delivering local policing to these two diverse District authority areas.

Email: john.halfacre@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Jason Kenny

Chief Inspector

C/Insp Jason Kenny leads Portsmouth district.

Jase joined Portsmouth District in July 2017. Initially acting up as District Commander pending the arrival of Maggie Blyth, he has remained in the city as District Chief Inspector. Jase has twenty-six years’ policing service with Hampshire Constabulary and extensive experience in local policing and specialist operations. He has two master’s degrees and qualifications in police leadership & management, his passion being the ethical use of police powers in order to support community safety and public wellbeing.

All twenty-six years of his service have been spent in and around the Portsmouth area and so he shares the city council’s vision for a safe, vibrant and successful city. Jase’s priorities are to ensure we have a well-trained, focused workforce who deliver an excellent policing service which inspires trust, confidence and cooperation amongst our communities.

Jase is married with two adult children.

Email: jason.kenny@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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