Tense time for would-be police chiefs
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.”