Fraser Sampson

West Yorkshire Police Authority
Chief Executive

West Yorkshire Police Authority
6 Firs Crescent
Tel: 07921 684368



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I have worked within the criminal justice system for the last 30 years. Having been a police officer with national responsibilities (professional examinations and assessment) I have practised law representing police officers, their federation and employers in a range of high profile matters (including eg Bichard, deaths in custody and employment disputes); I set up the Civil Nuclear Police Authority under the Energy Act 2004 as the first Executive Director and have worked on shaping numerous pieces of police-related legislation including the Police Reform & Social Responsibility Act 2011. I am chair of the Association of Police Authority Chief Executives, am an HMIC accredited assessor, have worked with the APA on many national issues including chief officer discipline, inspection and performance, the use of s.44 Terrorism Act 200 powers on communities, corporate governance and risk. I have written a number of leading police law textbooks, am on the editorial board of the Oxford Journal ?Policing? and have been a visiting fellow in police sciences at the University of Glamorgan.

I have developed strong links with key stakeholders in Scottish policing such as the Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland and while at the Civil Nuclear Police Authority with the HMICS and members of ACPOS and COSLA


Never Mind the Numbers; does the governance add up? (A single Scottish police force) with McNeill J. Police Professional, 2 Sept 2011 p17.

Blackburn Revisited: what will become of chief constables? operational independence?
Local Government Lawyer, March 2011

Preserving Peel (with Jessica de Grazia). Centre for Public Scrutiny, 4 July 2011

How chief constables' independence could be jeopardised
The Law Society Gazette, 16 March 2011

Last Updated: Mon 24 Oct 11