Chief Constable of South Wales Police awarded UWTSD Honorary Fellowship


Matt Jukes, Chief Constable of South Wales Police, has today (Monday 15 July) been awarded with an Honorary Fellowship by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. 

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Matt Jukes was appointed Chief Constable of South Wales Police in January 2018. He joined South Yorkshire Police in 1995 as a police constable on the streets of Sheffield. Between 1997 and 2006, Matt went on to work in a number of roles, principally as a detective. In his early CID career, he was involved in operations to tackle violent drugs gangs and later specialised in counter terrorism.

He worked for the forerunner of the National Counter Terrorism Policing network and represented United Kingdom policing at G8 meetings in the United States in 2004. Matt remains involved strategically in counter terrorism and has had a leading role in a number of high profile operations across England and Wales.

Presenting the award was UWTSD’s Dean of Faculty of Business and Management, Roger Maidment.  He said:

“To lead a police force, shape its identity, deliver on its commitments and assume ultimate responsibility for its actions takes great courage, integrity and strength of purpose. In Chief Constable Matt Jukes, we are all fortunate to have such leadership.

Matt Jukes was appointed as Chief Constable of South Wales Police in January 2018 and 18 months into his tenure, leads a force committed to ethical and professional policing.

Matt, a married father of two, hails originally from the Midlands, but has called South Wales home since 2010. Like myself, although born in England, Matt is Welsh by choice if not by birthIt is a personal privilege for me to present Chief Constable Matt Jukes as a fellow today.”

Following the ceremony, Chief Constable Matt Jukes added:

“I feel incredibly humbled and privileged to receive this award today especially in the company of so many people that have worked so hard to receive the recognition they’ve had today. 

I’m looking forward to seeing the talent in that room today – the people who have the skills, creativity and passion – making a huge difference in their communities.”

In 2006, Matt returned to local policing as a divisional Chief Superintendent in the industrial areas of South Yorkshire.  He joined South Wales Police as an Assistant Chief Constable in 2010. He led the latest phase of the force’s response to several injustice cases from the 1980s and 90s, including the infamous ‘Cardiff 3’ case.

Matt was appointed Deputy Chief Constable (DCC) in August 2013. As DCC he had the task of leading a change programme to equip the force to manage a £50 million reduction in funding, at the same time as responding to huge operational challenges including the 2014 NATO Summit, 2015 Rugby World Cup and 2017 UEFA Champions League Final.

Matt is a member of the Prince’s Trust Advisory Council in Wales and has a leading role in work with Public Health Wales on tackling Adverse Childhood Experiences. He leads on a number of portfolios for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, including the recruitment, retention and wellbeing of investigators.

Matt was awarded a Queens Police Medal in the New Year Honours List 2018.

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