Miles Bichard is Chief Officer of the States of Guernsey Police Force. We first encounter him in book 1, Dead in the Water, when Christine Le Page goes to meet him in his office at police headquarters:
He had just passed fifty and marked his thirtieth year on the force, yet his face was scored by only the lightest of lines and there was no sign yet of a paunch spilling over his belt. His shirt sleeves were tight over well-worked biceps, the tailored front only just containing his chest. Christine could see a dark patch of hair pressed against and inside it. Everything about the man seemed coiled, taut and ready for action, and he looked as though his journey home would not require a bus or a car, but a run or a ride or a row round the coast.
He and Christine have known each other for years, having first met when she was helping to marshall the car races on the sand at Chouet and he had won his heat in his souped up Ford Capri. There is some suggestion that the two of them may have had more than just a friendship between them at one time, and they spent some time in Paris together, but that is now in the past, as she is married to Dan and Bichard is married to Marlise. Miles has assured Marlise that nothing ever happened with Christine, which she is happy to believe.
He was involved in the investigation of the ‘Carteret Operation’ with Remus Carey, and following Remus’ disappearance he brought Christine over from the police force on Jersey so that she could work alongside Marc Renouf in the hope of finding out whether he was in any way involved. Bichard is therefore a valuable ally for Christine, but he has to be careful not to make this too obvious for fear of giving her away.
He works closely with his PA, Henri, who sits in the anteroom to Bichard’s office.