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.
Superintendent Kelly Whiting is the district commander for Southampton.
Kelly has served twice before in Southampton and prior to becoming district commander she was the force performance lead and was responsible for the audit, review and inspections functions for all of Hampshire.
She joined policing in 1991 with an ambition to be a neighbourhood officer which she quickly achieved and loved. She has also worked in training and operations and also enjoys her role as a public order commander. Kelly has chaired both the Hampshire LGBT resource group and Inspire (the network of women in policing) and is passionate about the richness of a diverse organisation.
Her focus is on reducing crimes that cause the highest harm in Southampton and protecting those who find themselves vulnerable.
Kelly is married to a very tolerant wife. She enjoys travel, walking the dog, socialising, reading & fitness
Superintendent 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 professionals, the local authority and others. Sarah also remains committed to ensuring the Isle of Wight is an inhospitable environment for those intent on committing crime.
Superintendent Steve Burridge is the district commander for Portsmouth.
Steve was appointed to his role in January 2019 having previously worked in the city as a chief inspector, inspector and constable at Southsea when he first joined the Police. Prior to his current appointment Steve led the response and patrol teams across Hampshire.
Working with the strong partnerships in Portsmouth Steve’s priorities are to focus on those who would cause our communities the most harm and work with other teams to identify and help protect those who are most vulnerable. Strong and resilient communities who feel they are engaged with us to have confidence in the policing teams is a vital part of that.
Chief Inspector 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 and 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 and, along with partners, to support the vulnerable and be robust against those who seek to cause harm to people.
Chief Inspector 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 constable, sergeant 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.
Chief Inspector Robert Mitchell leads Portsmouth district.
Robert joined Portsmouth district in January 2019 having previously been the District Commander for the New Forest. He has served with us since 1997, working in a variety of roles covering Hampshire and the Thames Valley Policing area through the Joint Operations Unit.
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.
Chief Inspector 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.
Chief Inspector 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 enjoys 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.
Ian was appointed to this role in January 2019. Ian commenced his policing career in 1991 working in a variety of uniform roles in the southern half of Hampshire. His previous role was as the district Neighbourhood Inspector based at Eastleigh.
His priorities are to build partnerships that enable a better public service, lead to a reduction in crime and offending and to identify and protect the vulnerable within our communities.
Chief Inspector Mark Lewis leads Fareham and Gosport districts.
Mark took up this role in early 2019. Mark’s policing career, which began in 1995, has also included work in areas such as Southampton, roads policing and operations as part of the Joint Operations Unit for Hampshire and Thames Valley Police. Mark is also a commander for policing operations at public order and public safety events such as football and festivals.
In his spare time Mark is a keen sports fan and in particular enjoys football and rugby.