Swansea University honours Chief Constable of South Wales Police


‌Swansea University has conferred an honorary degree on Peter Vaughan, Chief Constable of South Wales Police.

Mr Vaughan was presented with the DSc award today (Wednesday 11 January) at Swansea University’s Great Hall by Professor Iwan Davies, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Swansea University, during the degree ceremony for the College of Human and Health Sciences.

Born in Aberfan, South Wales, in 1962, Peter Vaughan went on to gain a first class Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science and Operations Research from the then University of Wales, Swansea.  He also has a diploma in Applied Criminology from Cambridge. 

He joined South Wales Police in 1984, where he progressed to Superintendent, leading the Community Safety Department. After a period with head office, he became head of the BCU in Merthyr Tydfil, and then Divisional Commander at Rhondda Cynon Taff.

In 2003, he left South Wales Police for three years, and attended the ACPO Strategic Command Course.  On graduating, he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable for Wiltshire Constabulary, and as the only ACC, he was responsible for all operational matters.  During this time he led the investigation into the deaths at Tidworth Camp in July 2006 and led the ACPO Police Dog Working Group and Public Order Events team.

He returned to South Wales Police in January 2007 as Assistant Chief Constable, progressing to Deputy Chief Constable in April 2007. In January 2010, upon Barbara Wilding’s retirement, he became Chief Constable.

He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the 2013 New Year Honours and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Mid Glamorgan in 2013, at the same time becoming invested as a Commander of the Order of St John. He is also an Independent Trustee for St John Cymru, and chairs the Cwm Taf Public Services Board and the Welsh Joint Emergency Service Group (JESG).  This group is a collective of senior military and emergency service leaders in Wales that meet to further enhance joint civil protection.

He is currently Vice Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council.  The Association brings together the expertise and experience of chief police officers from the UK, providing a professional forum to share ideas and best practice, coordinate resources and help deliver effective policing.

In 2014, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Cardiff University and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of South Wales in 2015.

On receiving his honorary award from Swansea University, Mr Vaughan said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded this great honour from Swansea University.  Little did I think when I left Swansea University almost 33 years ago I'd be back here today receiving this award.  I feel truly privileged and humbled. 

I am proud of my connections with the University and the links my own organisation South Wales Police has with it, long may that continue."

Professor Iwan Davies said: “As Chief Constable of the police force he joined 32 years ago, I know Peter Vaughan is proud to have served at every rank in all parts of the force area, policing the communities where he grew up and still lives.  He has dedicated his career to promoting excellence in the South Wales Police force, and in doing so has become a true pillar of the region.  It is only just that the University he attended, and that helped lay the foundation for his career, presents him with this honorary award.”