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Francis Habgood chosen as the preferred candidate to be Thames Valley Chief Constable

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, has chosen Francis Habgood as his proposed appointment as the new Thames Valley Police Chief Constable.

Francis Habgood is the current Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, a position he has held since 2008.

Anthony Stansfeld said: “I am delighted to announce that Francis Habgood is my preferred candidate to be appointed as the next Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police.  He has done an excellent job as Deputy Chief Constable and I look to forward to working with him in the future.”

The appointment is subject to a confirmation hearing by the Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel who will review the PCC’s proposed appointment on Friday 27 March.

Francis Habgood said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the preferred candidate for the next chief constable of Thames Valley, subject to confirmation by the Police and Crime Panel. It will be an honour and privilege to lead the officers, staff and volunteers in the work to keep our communities safe.”




Editors Notes

Kindly note that requests for media interviews with Anthony Stansfeld or Francis Habgood will only be considered following the outcome of the confirmation hearing on 27th March,


Biography for Francis Habgood


Francis Habgood joined Thames Valley Police in January 2004 as Assistant Chief Constable (Specialist Operations). He was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in October 2008.

Francis previously served with West Yorkshire Police which he joined in 1987. He worked in a number of operational roles in the Leeds area and was appointed Divisional Commander for the North West Area of Leeds in January 2001.

Francis spent three months helping to train future Chief Officers on the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill Staff College at the end of 2007. On his return, he undertook the Assistant Chief Constable (Local Policing) role.