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Chief Constable, Stephen Kavanagh, stepping down in September following 33 years in Policing

Statement from Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex following the decision by the Essex Chief Constable, Stephen Kavanagh, to step down in September following 33 years in policing

“Stephen Kavanagh is an exceptional Chief Constable who leads the force with commitment, dedication and energy. Under his leadership Essex Police continues to significantly improve the way they support victims of crime, protect the public and keep our communities safe. This progress is reflected in increasingly positive HMICFRS Inspections.

“As Chief Constable, Stephen has made a number of tough decisions which he has managed openly and with integrity. These decisions mean that Essex is ahead of many other forces in terms of driving performance, building partnerships and collaborating. He has strong, successful relationships with partners and the public and it is fitting that under Stephen’s tenure Essex Police is starting to grow again with an extra 150 officers due to start in the next nine months.

“When Stephen leaves Essex Police they will be in a much stronger position than when he joined. I would like to thank him for his contribution and the difference he continues to make for the people of Essex. I would also like to thank him personally for the open and collaborative working style we have built over the past few years.

“The recruitment for a new Chief Constable will start in the next few weeks and will be run through an open, transparent and competitive process. As a large, well performing force I expect significant interest from around the country and beyond.”

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