Hampshire Police 21st Century Timeline

Dates of significant local, national & world events


2001 Death of former Chief Constable of Hampshire, Sir John Hoddinott CBE QPM MA FRSA, b 1944, 

From Frontline Issue 82 Sept 2001

“SIR JOHN went to Barton Peveril Grammar School, Eastleigh, and joined the Metropolitan Police as a cadet in 1961. He became a constable in 1963 and was promoted sergeant in 1967 and inspector in 1969. Later that year he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he gained a second class honours degree in law and economics in 1972. 

He returned to police duties in London’s West End Central police station where he served for three years, and received three Commissioner’s Commendations.

 In 1975 Sir John was promoted to chief inspector when he transferred to the obscene publications squad. In 1977 he was promoted to superintendent and served at Paddington police station before transferring to the drug squad as detective superintendent. 

He was then promoted to chief superintendent and in January 1981 was appointed officer in charge of the CID at West End Central. In June 1981 Sir John became assistant chief constable (operations) with Surrey police. He was appointed deputy chief constable in Hampshire in September 1983 and became chief constable on September 1 1988, retiring in September 1999. 

He was president of ACPO in 1994/5, and was knighted in the Queen’s birthday honours of June 1998. Sir John was married to Avril , and they had two daughters, Louise and Rebecca. “


2001 The population of the United Kingdom on Census Day 2001 was 58,789,194. The population has grown by 17 per cent overall since

2001 September 11, suicidal terrorists hijack commercial airliners in the USA, crashing them into the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, causing high loss of life.

2001 December: The Hampshire Constabulary History Society publish a new book entitled, ‘Policing Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – A Photographic History’ now out of print.

2002 Uk population is nearly 60 million and there are 26 million cars on the roads.

2002 Uniform change – Sergeants and constables have now been issued with white shirts to replace the light blues ones that have been supplied since the 1960s

2004 August Death of former Chief Constable of Hampshire, Sir Richard Dawnay Lemon – obituary from Daily Telegraph

2005 see the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act. Changes in the organisation of the Regional Training School regime means that recruits no longer take part in PT, football, drill or end of course Passing Out Parade. All of which had been enjoyed for decades as a change from periods of study. In March 2005 the Constabulary will employ its first PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers).

2005 October: The best and worst performing police forces in England and Wales have been identified in government figures. The worst was Humberside, according to the Home Office criteria. South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Cambridgeshire were in the bottom five.

The best were West Mercia, Northumbria, Hampshire, Surrey and West Midlands.

Forces were rated for investigating and cutting crime, providing help, resource use, promoting safety, local policing and community confidence in the police.

Across 43 forces, there was an improvement in 56% of those rating categories, 39% were stable and 5% had deteriorated. Nine per cent of the ratings were poor, 40% fair, 44% good and 7% excellent.

Sir Douglas and Lady Osmond

2006 “It is with regret that I advise colleagues that Sir Douglas OSMOND Chief Constable Hampshire Constabulary 1962 – 1977 died on Thursday 20th April 2006”- Ian Readhead DCC

Daily Telegraph obituary


Sir Douglas and Lady Osmond






2008 Nov. BBC TV News:

Men who captured Hannah’s killer

By Thelma Etim 
BBC News

Two senior police officers living and working worlds apart played a key role in capturing the man who has been found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Hannah Foster in Southampton.

Det Supt Alan Betts, of Hampshire Constabulary, and Officer Prakash Pradham, of West Bengal Police, united to bring Maninder Pal Singh Kohli to justice.

Kohli had gone to extraordinary lengths to evade capture. Two days after Hannah’s body was found he fled to India, adopting a new name, wife, family and even a job with the Red Cross charity.

He was half an hour from the Nepalese border in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal when he was seized during an early morning raid in the hill town of Kalimpong.

His luck finally ran out when Officer Prakash Pradham and his officers surrounded him on 15 July 2004 in the home of one of his new wife’s relatives.

“He was one step ahead,” explained Officer Pradham. “If we could not trace him at that time, he might have crossed the border and we wouldn’t be able to arrest him.

“Then we would be helpless – it would be very difficult to trace him.”

Officer Pradham had been under pressure from his superiors to produce a swift outcome to the inquiry.

2008 New Chief Constable is Alex Marshall

2009 January Hampshire Constabulary has been named as the UK’s top gay-friendly police force.

The Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2009 has placed the force second nationally in the list of Britain’s top 100 employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Banking giant Lloyds TSB topped the annual poll, which means Hampshire Constabulary is also the top public sector organisation.

Chief Constable Alex Marshall said: “For a police force, such recognition is hugely important. We want to give an excellent service to the public, we want to be active in every neighbourhood and we want to catch as many criminals as possible. Source www.police999.com

2009 January – BBC TV News report: Hampshire Constabulary has announced it will axe 200 jobs – 100 of them police officer posts – by the end of the year.

The cuts will be achieved by removing some officers from non-operational roles rather than from the frontline.

The proposals will be submitted to Hampshire Police Authority in February. Redundancies have not been ruled out.

The Police Federation said it hoped the “frontline would be protected”. The force said “the target may be met through natural staff turnover”.

A current recruitment freeze on police officers which began on 1 April last year “means the constabulary is set to achieve the reduction in police officer posts by April”, a force spokesman said.

 We cannot rule out redundancies, but we will explore all options before taking such a decision 
Chief Constable Alex Marshall

The chief constable added: “Hampshire Constabulary faces a significant financial challenge in the coming year [and] we are considering a wide range of options and proposals in order to meet this challenge.

Wikipedia – Alex Marshall


2013, February 7th. BBC News – New Hampshire chief constable, Andy Marsh

“An experienced Hampshire police officer has been chosen as the force’s new chief constable.

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Marsh will replace Alex Marshall, taking on his responsibilities from Monday.

Mr Marsh said it was a “real privilege” to continue the good work and progress achieved by his predecessor.

Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said Mr Marsh was “the exceptional candidate for the job”.

Dep Ch Const Andy Marsh

The appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel.

Mr Marshall, who officially steps down on Sunday, will become chief executive officer of the newly-formed College of Policing.” BBC News

August 2014 Police Stations

Currently for sale: Shirley, Fleet, Farnborough, Cowes, Yarmouth, Hayling Is, Eastleigh, Fordingbridge, Lyndhurst, Petersfield, Portswood, Southsea, Ventnor.

Already sold or under offer- Old Basing, Stockbridge, Twyford, Alresford, Weyhill, West Hill (PHQ), Alpha Park, New Milton, Whitehill.

May be sold- Winchester Norh Walls, Basingstoke, Anything where the offer is too good to refuse

4th April, 2016, new Chief Constable is Olivia Pinkney