After attending Bristol University and undertaking a Short service Comission in the Parachute Regiment, Tim Hollis joined the Metropolitan Police in 1977.
Prior to transferring from the Met on promotion, he was Chief Inspector Operations in Notting Hill where drugs were prominent and enforcement was a sensitive issue. He subsequently served in Sussex Police (Brighton) and as a chief officer in South Yorkshire from 1994 to 2001. In 2002 he was seconded as Her Majesty’s Assistant Inspector of Constabulary where he had national oversight of all aspects of operational policing including drugs. Since April 2005 he has been Chief Constable of Humberside Police. In July 2006 he became Chair of the ACPO Drugs Committee. He is also Vice President of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2000 and the CBE in 2010.
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