Mr Whiteley started his career at Cambridgeshire Police in 1978 from Cambridge University and prior to becoming Chief Constable in Hertfordshire in October 2004 he was the Deputy Chief Constable of Northamptonshire. He transferred to Northamptonshire Police in 1997 where he led on the high-profile arrangements for the burial of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, the British Grand Prix, the Easter Floods of 1998 and the fuel crisis. In 2006 it was announced that he had been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the Birthday Honours List. Commenting on the award he said, “Policing is all about team work and partnership and I would see this award more appropriately as recognition of the work of the many colleagues who have assisted me, as well as recognising the support and understanding of my wife, Debbie, and family.”
With the economic recession beginning in 2008 Mr. Whiteley guided Hertfordshire Constabulary in collaboration with neighbouring forces. First joining with Bedfordshire Police and then Cambridgeshire Constabulary in a Strategic Alliance, the three forces formed joint units in Counter Terrorism, Major Crime, Dogs, Firearms, SOCO, Roads Policing, Operation Planning, Civil Contingencies, ICT and Professional Standards. Working collaboratively in this way protected local policing by local officers, but enabled specialist units to work across, and be paid for by, all three forces.
Frank Whiteley retired in 2011.