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New Cheshire Police chief constable sought

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Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner has launched a campaign to find a new chief constable to lead Cheshire Constabulary.

David Keane said he is looking to recruit a leader who shares his vision and values and can deliver the highest quality policing services for residents in Cheshire.

David commented: “Cheshire Constabulary is a top performing police service which has consistently achieved positive ratings from HMICRFS and has, what I believe to be, the best group of police officers, staff, specials and volunteers in the country.

“As the county’s police and crime commissioner, I am fully committed to ensuring Cheshire remains one of the safest counties in the country and I am looking for an exceptional individual who shares this vision.

“I want to work with our new chief constable to build on our strong foundations and tackle head on the complex and challenging environment in which modern day policing is operating.”

He added: “The new chief constable must have the passion and necessary skills to work with me to establish a policing culture which promotes innovation, is compassionate to both our residents and its staff and seeks to make the most out of our highly valued partnerships.”

The commissioner will hold an engagement day for candidates who wish to consider applying for the role.

This will provide an opportunity for them to find out more about the commissioner’s vision for policing in Cheshire and to raise any questions they may have regarding the process or the role.

“Policing is more challenging and complex than ever,” David added. “I need a chief constable who recognises this and is able operate effectively in an environment of diminishing resources.

“The new chief constable must be up for that challenge and must be committed to delivering the best police service for our residents and the communities of Cheshire.”

Applicants will face a rigorous recruitment process, which is being carried out in accordance with College of Policing guidance.

It will include an interview with a panel made up of representatives from partner organisations, and the appointment of the new chief constable will be subject to a confirmation hearing in front of Cheshire’s Police and Crime Panel.

The hunt for a new chief constable for the constabulary has been triggered by the non-renewal of former chief constable Simon Byrne’s contract.

His tenure ended amid an investigation into alleged bullying behaviour, which he denies, and a misconduct panel is currently deliberating over whether it would have recommended dismissal had he still been in post.

A date has not yet been set for when the panel’s decision will be made public.

Janette McCormick currently holds the position of acting chief constable.

 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 12th December 2018.

 

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