Jon Boutcher (QPM)
Jon was appointed Chief Constable of Bedfordshire in August
2015, having joined the force a year earlier as Deputy Chief
Alongside leading Bedfordshire Police, Jon oversees the Eastern
Region Special Operations Unit and the Eastern Counter Terrorism
Intelligence Unit; units responsible for tackling serious and
organised crime and terrorism across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire,
Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Bedfordshire is also the lead force for Joint Protective
Services which comprises collaborated units including Major Crime,
Dogs, Firearms and Roads Policing covering Bedfordshire,
Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
Alongside his work in Bedfordshire and across the region, Jon is
also leading an investigation into a number of alleged murders in
Northern Ireland. Full details are available on the Op Kenova website.
Jon was previously national policing lead for Technical
Surveillance Units (TSU), for the Regulation of Investigatory
Powers Act (RIPA),for Undercover Policing.
He has more than 30 years’ police service, spent almost entirely
as a detective with the Metropolitan Police. He also worked on the
Regional and National Crime Squad, targeting serious and organised
crime groups with links to international criminal networks; he was
the case officer responsible for the UK’s largest cocaine seizure
of that time, this investigation led to new legislation regarding
the use of covert police tactics.
He was part of the Flying Squad in London, investigating robberies,
developing intelligence, gathering evidence and leading armed
Key investigations include:
In November 2003, Jon was seconded to the Anti-Terrorist Branch
at New Scotland Yard as the Senior Investigating Officer for
numerous national security operations: He led an investigation into
war crimes committed in Afghanistan by a renowned war lord (Sarwar
'Faryadi' Zardad). This led to life imprisonment for an Afghan
Commander for atrocities of rape and torture against
Jon was the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation ‘Rhyme’, an
investigation that identified and traced a group of British men who
planned mass casualty attacks in Washington, New York and Newark in
the USA. The group also planned chemical and biological and
improvised bomb attacks in the UK. The plotters’ leader, Dhiren
Barot, was sentenced to 80 years’ imprisonment and the remaining
members of the cell were convicted for conspiracy to murder. Barot
is considered to be the most significant AQ subjects to have been
detained in the UK.
Jon led the ‘manhunt’ which identified the 21/7 failed terrorist
plotters. This was one of the most challenging episodes in British
policing, the police operation successfully identified, located and
arrested the suspects and those that assisted them. Jon also
led the investigative response to the Haymarket car bomb and
subsequent terrorist attack at Glasgow airport.
Jon has held the position of the National Coordinator for Pursue
under the UK Contest strategy. This involved Jon managing the
national police network in England and Wales for Counter Terrorism.
He has worked within the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism
in the Home Office acting as an advisor on policing issues
specifically those related to national security.
Jon has a Masters Degree from Cambridge University in Criminology
and Executive Police Management writing his thesis ‘Understanding
Cybercrime and the Cybercriminal’
He is a champion for Place2Be, a charitable organisation working in
schools across the UK, providing emotional support to
children. He is a strong advocate for initiatives that
provide support for and divert children and young people away from
He was recently elected as a fellow for the Royal Society of Arts.