‘Strong leader’ promised as successor at head of force
KENT’S new police chief is Ian Learmonth, 52, deputy chief constable of Norfolk police.
Mr Learmonth has been a serving police officer since 1976, beginning his career in Essex.
After a 28-year stint there, he joined Strathclyde police in May 2005 where as assistant chief constable he had responsibility for support services, roads policing, emergencies planning and most of the leading projects on operational policing.
He then joined Norfolk as deputy chief constable in July 2007.
Mr Learmonth was one of four candidates vying for the post in a shortlist drawn up by Kent Police Authority (KPA).
Commenting on the appointment, Ann Barnes, KPA chair said: “We have the right person for the job.
“Ian will bring a variety of skills and experiences that will complement the existing chief officer team. The authority will be watching, and ensuring that Ian works on behalf of police council taxpayers.
“At the end of the day we have to remember the police is a public service, paid for by the people of the county.”
Talks will now begin with Norfolk Police Authority as to when Ian Learmonth will be able to take up his new post.
Mr Learmonth said: “I’m absolutely thrilled and delighted to have the opportunity to work within a high performing force.
“I’m really looking forward to taking up the post and working closely with Kent Police Authority.”
Mark Gilmartin, chief executive of the police authority, said: “He’s going to be a strong, visible leader.
“He’s going to transfer a lot of his knowledge and experience from Norfolk and elsewhere.”
The new chief constable of Kent police, Ian Learmonth