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Police and Crime Commissioner starts search for new Chief Constable

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has opened recruitment for the next Chief Constable.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld said: “As you will be aware Chief Constable Sara Thornton is leaving Thames Valley Police at the end of March to take up the role as the Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

“As the Police and Crime Commissioner it is one of my responsibilities to recruit the Chief Constable.

“Thames Valley Police is the largest non-metropolitan police force in England and Wales, and covers a highly diverse area composed of both major towns and cities and large areas of countryside. In addition to its normal roles, Thames Valley Police hosts both the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit and the South East Counter Terrorism Unit.

“Since 2010, the Force has not only come through the first 3-year round of financial cuts without significant cuts in the front line, but has achieved this with improved performance.

“The next three years will be more difficult, and it will require considerable leadership, innovation and resource management skills to take Thames Valley Police through this period of challenge without a drop in performance.

“I am therefore looking for an officer who can lead Thames Valley Police through this turbulent period, both regionally and nationally, and who will maintain the high reputation and esteem that Thames Valley Police is currently held in under the leadership of Sara Thornton.”

The closing date for applicants is Monday 2nd March with interviews on Wednesday 11th March.

The Police and Crime Panel will review the PCC’s appointment process and consider the preferred candidate at a confirmation hearing on Friday 27 March.

For more information about the application process visit: