Chris Jones

Chris retired from the police service in May 2010 having served 30 years. During his varied service he spent seven years as the Police Search Advisor (POLSA) for the Cheshire Constabulary. He planned and managed large-scale searches for missing persons and bodies; offensive searches to recover evidence at major crime scenes and defensive searches to protect VIPs. In this role he was the North West member of the Police National Search Centres Consultative Committee assisting in the development of search strategy and tactics.

Chris is a member of the Instructor Cadre for the Mountain Rescue England and Wales, Field Skills and Search Planning and Management Courses held at Bangor University and has been invited to lecture on similar FEMA sponsored courses in the USA.

During some searches he personally uncovered a number of live improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Among people who benefited were members of the senior politicians, the royal family and U.S. President Clinton. In this role Chris worked operationally with British army units and umpired joint military and police exercises on detecting and making safe IEDs. Chris has been trained as a Search Coordinator at the Police National Search Centre, he was a qualified rope access supervisor, and has previously been trained to work in confined spaces. As a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear support officer (post 9/11), he provided tactical advice on "white powder" incidents and has operated in full CBRN equipment at a number of incidents. He has also been Police Support Unit trained, to deal with riots and other public order issues.

In one of his final roles he was the Operations Manager for the Constabulary's Centralised Custody Unit. In this role Chris was responsible for the Health and Safety management and arrangements for three large custody suites totalling over 100 cells being responsible for the safety of all detainees and staff. He was also responsible for managing the performance and compliance of contractors servicing the estate infrastructure.

Following retirement Chris has started a new career as a Risk Services Manager for a leading insurance broking firm in the northwest of England; he assists clients managing risks linked to adventurous activities, motorsport and mass public events. Chris provides client support and guidance on risk assessment and event safety planning together with post incident response to review incidents and defend claims.

He has passed the Event Safety Diploma at Derby University and the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health graduating at Warwick University and is a Graduate Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).