‘Strong leader’ promised as suc­ces­sor at head of force

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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

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