Chris Salmon

Associate Director of Governance

About Chris

Chris is an established leadership figure within UK policing, having served as a Police and Crime Commissioner and contributed to a number of high profile criminal justice policy projects. A former soldier, Chris led the transformation of governance for Dyfed-Powys Police from an unelected police authority to a high performing Office of Police and Crime Commissioner which increased the number of frontline officers and commissioned innovative victim services. In addition, Chris worked closely with the Home Office on reforms to the police complaints system and established an independent scrutiny panel to provide stronger community oversight of the force.

Chris served in the British Army for 5 years including tours in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq, where he was involved in a number of police-support, peace-building and counter-terrorism operations.

At Crest, Chris leads on policing governance and has worked on a number of reviews of police performance, demand management and broader criminal justice partnership working. He provide support and guidance to Crest’s team of data analysts and advise clients on how to maximise the benefits of the Crest Analytics Dashboard




Key achievements

  • First Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed Powys. Established new governance process. Delivered: increasing police constable numbers; £3m savings through exit from Private Finance Initiative contract; increased hours on patrol through new mobile IT.
  • Established joint drug intervention programme with local health services, securing treatment for alcohol as well as drugs and joining up provision between health and custody facilities.
  • Pioneered police complaint reforms to improve transparency and confidence. These reforms were studied by Home Office teams to inform provisions in the Police and Crime Bill (2016).


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