Deputy Chief Constable
Richard Debicki was appointed as the Deputy Chief Constable of North Wales Police on the in February 2019.
Richard joined the police service in 1993 at Lancashire Constabulary where he worked up to the rank of Chief Superintendent in a number of differing roles. In his last role with Lancashire Constabulary, Richard was Divisional Commander for Headquarters Operations, which included responsibility for the Force’s Change Programme, Corporate Development and Corporate Communications, as well as Uniformed Operations. Richard joined North Wales Police as Assistant Chief Constable in 2014.
As Deputy Chief Constable, Richard holds a broad and challenging portfolio within a small chief officer team. These responsibilities include Professional Standards, Collaboration, and People and Organisational Development. Richard is also responsible for the Operational Improvement Programme which seeks to re-examine the Force’s operating model to ensure that it is as efficient and effective as it can be.
Richard is also the Chair of the Force’s Welsh Language Group where he works to develop and promote of the use of Welsh Language within the organisation. As a Welsh learner himself, he is passionate about the Welsh language and has embarked on a journey to become a fluent Welsh speaker.
Notwithstanding his Force responsibilities, Richard is also the National Policing Lead for the Special Constabulary, which is made up of over 10,000 volunteers across all 43 forces of England and Wales. Richard personally consults with the Home Office, the College of Policing and the Association of Special Constabulary Chief Officers to drive progress, and ensure the needs and concerns of volunteer police officers are heard.
In line with his commitment to supporting volunteers within Policing, he is also the Chair of the All-Wales Citizens in Policing Strategic Group, where he has worked to find new and innovative ways for the 4 Welsh Forces and the British Transport Police in Wales to recruit, train and retain volunteers.
Richard is married with two children and enjoys running in his spare time.