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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.

Anthony Stansfeld said: “As previously announced Chief Constable Francis Habgood is leaving Thames Valley Police at the end of March 2019 and 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 managed to come through both the Government’s austerity programme of funding reductions and an ever-increasing demand on the service and has done so without significant cuts in the front line. However, the coming years will continue to be difficult, and it will require considerable leadership, innovation and resource management skills to take Thames Valley Police through this further period of challenge without a drop in performance.

“I am therefore looking for an officer who can lead Thames Valley Police through a turbulent period, both locally and regionally, and who will maintain the high reputation and esteem that Thames Valley Police is currently held in at a national level.”

The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering the vision of the PCC to provide an efficient and effective customer focused style of policing based on:

  • An improved management of risk and demand by focusing on vulnerability.
  • Improved safeguarding through a greater emphasis on crime prevention and early intervention.
  • Reducing re-offending.
  • Improving the local response to serious organised crime and terrorism.
  • Securing continuous improvement and innovation by increasing the pace of change of police reform and achieving improved public perception of the police by embedding the Code of Ethics.

The closing date for applicants is Monday 31 December at 4pm with interviews scheduled for 10 – 11 January 2019.

The Police and Crime Panel will review the PCC’s appointment process and consider the preferred candidate at a confirmation hearing on Friday 1 February.

For more information about the application process visit: