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This March, marks two years since Rob Nixon took up the role of Chief Constable for Leicestershire Police – something which he describes as both a privilege, and “a formidable challenge.”
Here he tells us more about his remarkable journey to the top – his early influences and experiences in the force, as well as the challenges and triumphs that have shaped his time as Chief Constable so far…
Having served Leicestershire Police for over 30 years, it’s fair to say that Chief Constable Rob Nixon has been there, done that and got the t-shirt/(uniform) when it comes to policing.
Since joining the force, he has served at every rank – the first officer in Leicestershire to do so in fact. It’s something
he is incredibly proud of – a “diverse experience,” which has proved “invaluable” in his current role…
However, taking on the top job is not something he ever envisioned when he joined the force as a fresh faced 21-year old, he tells Pukaar.
“I never set out to become Chief Constable. Instead, I consistently aimed to excel in each role I undertook, which allowed me to develop a comprehensive understanding of all the various policing facets,” he said.
“I’ve been fortunate to embrace various roles and ranks, each offering unique and rewarding experiences…”
Rob took over the role of Chief Constable in March 2022, upon the retirement of the late, and hugely respected
He commenced his policing journey with Leicestershire Police in May 1993, with early roles including serving as a General Duty Officer, responding to 999 calls, and later transitioning to the CID as a detective. Rising through the ranks, he held positions such as shift sergeant, deputy NPA commander, detective sergeant, and detective inspector.
He remembers the early days of his career being “thoroughly enjoyable” – marked by “diverse challenges” and the camaraderie of “equally motivated and committed colleagues.”
”As a sergeant in Wigston, leading my first team left me with particularly fond memories,” he revealed. “Serving as a detective inspector in the city provided the opportunity to oversee a diverse range of investigations and establish the force’s approach to offender management.
“From 2009 to 2014, as the chief superintendent in the city, I directly engaged with the diverse communities of Leicester, gaining a profound appreciation for the city’s richness…
“During challenging times, putting on my operational kit and going on foot patrol allowed me to connect with communities, serving as a powerful reminder of the meaningful impact the job has on the public,” he went on to explain.
“Staying connected with this purpose has always been paramount in my journey.”
For Rob, opting for a career in policing was a decision rooted in the diversity and societal impact it offered.
His father’s transition from an RAF pilot to a detective, coupled with the contributions of both grandfathers in emergency services, instilled in him a profound appreciation for the commitment of the blue light services.
His mother’s roles as a hairdresser and nursing auxiliary further emphasised the core values of public service.
“Witnessing the dedication of officers, including my father working tirelessly on murder investigations in the ‘80s, I had an appreciation for the demanding nature of the job,” he said.
“As someone who had been in the air cadets, I envisioned a career within the forces at some point, but joining the police didn’t immediately cross my mind.
“It was a defining moment while driving along the A6, watching a police car speed past with blue lights and sirens,
that I realised the impact and difference-making potential of such a role.
“Feeling Inspired, I submitted my application without informing my parents until reaching the final interview
stage, as I sensed they anticipated a different career path for me but all these years later I think they now see it was a good choice for me…”
Rob describes his commitment to policing as a “deep vocation.” The attributes which have served him so well in his career are his unwavering integrity, curious mindset and dedication to public service.
Beyond policing, he enjoys several hobbies which serve as effective outlets for alleviating the pressures of his
role; riding motorbikes, flying light aircraft, and cycling to maintain fitness.
He also enjoys embarking on winter ski-trips, and most importantly, spending quality time with his family in
Leicestershire – the place where he grew up and is immensely proud to serve.
“Throughout my career, I’ve been deeply devoted to both the force and communities of Leicestershire.
“One of the most rewarding aspects, is the opportunity to make a positive impact on communities and enhance public safety,” he said.
“Moreover, you get to meet some fantastically inspiring people, gaining a profound insight into various aspects of
“Being a Chief Constable comes with formidable challenges, but it also brings great joys,” he added. “Ultimately, the greatest joy lies in contributing to the well-being and safety of the communities served. ”
Asked about his legacy, Rob said that while he may not actively be reflecting on this right now, he aspires to leave
a force committed to the communities of Leicestershire, capable of tackling future challenges with confidence and
“I aspire for others to recognise the unwavering focus on trying to do the right thing in steering the force through some very complex and challenging times,” he said.
“My hope is I will leave a force full of people who are equally committed to the communities of Leicestershire – who
are confident and competent to tackle the undoubtable challenges that the force will face in the future.”