Dr Jon Edwards

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Dr Jon Edwards DProf Policing, Security and Community, MBA, MPhil, LLB


E-mail: j.edwards@uwtsd.ac.uk

Programme development lead for MA Modern Slavery

Jon served as a police officer for over 25 years serving in both South Wales and then Gwent, rising through the ranks to Temporary Deputy Chief Constable.  

During the extensive 25 years policing career Jon has worked in a number of roles and had the opportunity to work outside the service with a secondment to the Home Office in 2002 (Policing Bureaucracy Taskforce) and in 2008 (Single Non-Emergency Number Programme). Throughout his 23 years in South Wales Police Jon performed various roles up to the rank of Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, including many significant operational roles. 

In February 2017, Jon was appointed a Gold commander for the largest sporting event in the world, the 2017 UEFA Champions League final. He is an accredited and experienced Gold and Silver Public Order Commander and Strategic Firearms Commander. In December 2017, Jon was temporarily promoted to Assistant Police Constable in South Wales Police for Operational Support Services, which includes responsibility for Specialist Operations, including the Public Service Centre, Criminal Justice, Information Management and Information & Communication Technology.

In November 2018, Jon was successful in gaining a place on the College of Policing Strategic Command Course 2019 and graduated in March 2019.

Jon joined Gwent Police in the role of Assistant Chief Constable in April 2019 and was temporarily promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief Constable between July 2019 and December 2019. During this period Jon led the Force change Board and instigated a number of programmes of change including a new approach to performance management and victim satisfaction.

In June 2019, Jon took on the all Wales leadership role for the Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking Threat Group and also represented Chief Officers on the  Wales Anti- Slavery Leadership Group.  During Jon’s period as Chair, he provided the leadership and focus that has produced a strategic action plan and performance reporting that provides a clear roadmap on the law enforcement approach to dealing with Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. Jon has presented at conferences in the UK and in Brussels on the police response to Modern slavery and has presented evidence to the influential group of experts on action against human trafficking (GRETA) on the Welsh Policing approach to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Jon has extensive operational experience and was a Firearms Commander for over 13 years and a public order commander for over 15 years. Jon was also Chair of the Gwent Local Resilience Forum Executive Group and during the COVID-19 crisis took the Chair of the multi-agency Strategic Coordination Group for the response phase of the Gwent-wide plan.