Free lecture on policing at Bucks New University

PUBLISHED: 10:15 23 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:15 23 January 2014

Nick Gargan

Nick Gargan


Nick Gargan, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary, and a recipient of the Queen’s Police Medal, will give a free public lecture at 6pm on Tuesday, 4 February at Bucks New University’s High Wycombe Campus.

During his lecture, entitled: What next for Policing?, Nick will reflect upon changes that have taken place in policing since the general election of 2010, and give his personal assessment of the challenges that lie ahead for a police service that it is still contracting, and yet continuing to see reductions in crime.

Nick Gargan’s policing career began in 1988 and he went on to work in uniform and detective roles in the UK and Europe for 22 years, including with the National Criminal Intelligence Service. In 2010 he moved to the National Policing Improvement Agency and was appointed Chief Executive.

The experienced figure was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for gallantry and distinguished service in the New Year’s Honours List 2012, and in March last year he joined Avon and Somerset Constabulary as Chief Constable.

Nick said of his forthcoming lecture: “I am delighted to be able to continue my association with Buckinghamshire New University, which has been consistently innovative in its relationship with policing for several years.

“I have enjoyed the last few years in policing at Thames Valley Police and the National Policing Improvement Agency, and now as Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset. This, coupled with my role as National Policing Lead for Finance and Resources, has given me a close up view of police reform. I look forward to giving this lecture which provides me with an opportunity to think about what might lie ahead in the next stages of reform, whatever happens at the 2015 election.”

Nick’s presentation is the next in a series of free public lectures to be held at Bucks New University which seek to discuss issues affecting the community both locally and nationally. The lecture will be chaired by the University’s Prof David Sines CBE, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean: Society & Health.

The lecture will take place from 6-7pm on 4 February in the Gateway Lecture Theatre at Bucks New University’s High Wycombe Campus, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ. Light refreshments will be served beforehand from 5.30pm and after the event.

Admission to the lecture is free and is open to anyone on a first come, first served basis.

Note that places should be reserved in advance; please email Lorna West on or call 01494 603 002 for a booking form, or go on the Bucks New University website at:

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