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An Exceptional Leader for Essex Police

The Police and Crime Commissioner is delighted to welcome Stephen Kavanagh as the new Chief Constable of Essex Police.  

Nick Alston said:  “Stephen Kavanagh comes to this role with exceptional experience of policing, having held many high profile and demanding positions within the Metropolitan Police Service. 





“Stephen started his career as a constable patrolling Leyton in 1985, and subsequently served in a wide range of roles as he progressed through the ranks to Deputy Assistant Commissioner.  He brings a detailed understanding of neighbourhood policing and of complex investigations, and has also been entrusted with leading some of the most demanding and important policing commands in the country.

“Stephen’s police service has been in London, but he is Essex through and through.  He grew up and went to school in our county, his father was an officer in Essex Police, and he lives in Essex.  He is hugely enthusiastic about taking on the leadership of the force.  He is also committed to working in partnership with everyone in the community to continue to keep Essex safe.  I have absolutely no doubt that Stephen is the right person to lead the highly professional officers and staff of Essex Police through the challenges of the next few years, to drive crime down and to ensure there are fewer victims of crime in our county.”

Chief Constable Kavanagh said: “It is great to finally be here and I’m really looking forward to getting to grips with the way policing is carried out in Essex.

“There is no substitute for meeting and talking to the officers and staff who work in the county to find out what is happening on the front-line of policing.

“I have been very impressed with the levels of professional commitment shown from the police staff and officers that I have seen today.

“I’m here because I believe in Essex – this job is the greatest privilege I have ever had in policing. I want to help Essex to be the best force it can be. I want people to work with enthusiasm and integrity; to have a warrant card is a privilege and not a right and we have to do the best we can do.”


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