Tense time for would-be po­lice chiefs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

KENT’S new Chief Con­sta­ble is ex­pected to be named to­mor­row (Fri­day).

Four short­listed can­di­dates have this week been un­der­go­ing an in­tense two-day in­ter­view process be­fore the cho­sen one is an­nounced.

Five mem­bers of Kent Po­lice Author­ity are on the se­lec­tion panel, to­gether with Her Majesty’s In­spec­torate of Con­stab­u­lary Zoe Billing­ham in an ad­vi­sory role.

The can­di­dates are: Giles York, 43, Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble of Sus­sex; Ian Lear­month, Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble of Nor­folk; Simon Ash, Chief Con­sta­ble of Suf­folk; and Al­fred Hitch­cock, Deputy Chief Con­sta­ble of the Na­tional Col­lege of Po­lice Lead­er­ship and Na­tional Polic­ing Im­prove­ment Agency (NPIA).

Re­cruit­ment be­gan in April fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of Michael Fuller, to take over as HM Chief In­spec­tor at the Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice.

Ann Barnes, chair­man of Kent Po­lice Author­ity, said: “This is a very unique job. There are dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties to con­sider, right through from the af­flu­ent and de­prived, to ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas.

“As the Chief Con­sta­ble sets the di­rec­tion of the force it will be a hard de­ci­sion for us – we can’t get it wrong. But there will be three re­ally strong and ca­pa­ble in­di­vid­u­als who are dis­ap­pointed.”

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