Mike Veale grew up in Chilcompton and Midsomer Norton, Somerset
He began his policing career as a police cadet aged 16 before joining Avon and Somerset Constabulary as a constable in 1984.
Mike spent his early service in various roles within uniform and CID before becoming Chief Inspector Operations within inner city Bristol and later serving as Detective Chief Inspector in Somerset.
In January 2005 Mike was promoted to Detective Superintendent and transferred to Wiltshire Police. In the same year he was promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent as Head of CID.
He then led a programme to amalgamate HQ CID with the Force operations department to create a Protective Services Command.
In 2009 Mike was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable for ten months. He then took up the post of divisional commander for the county of Wiltshire before going on to complete the strategic command course in 2011.
In March 2013, Mike became Deputy Chief Constable. Since then he has been responsible for the Force’s transformation programme and integrating vital services with those of our council partners.
Mike took up post of Chief Constable on 1 June 2015.
Mike is married with one son.
Follow Mike on Twitter @wiltspoliceCC