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The next Chief Constable of Essex Police

Nick Alston is delighted that Stephen Kavanagh has been confirmed as the next Chief Constable of Essex Police.

A meeting of the Police and Crime Panel today, Thursday February 21st, unanimously endorsed Mr Kavanagh as the next leader of the county’s police force.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh, of the Metropolitan Police Service, was the preferred candidate of Nick Alston, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle announced his decision to retire from policing for personal reasons in November 2012, but will continue to lead Essex Police until May 3, 2013.

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

“Stephen was brought up in Essex, and his father was an officer in Essex Police.  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 am delighted that we will be able to work closely with Chief Constable Barker-McCardle to ensure a smooth and professional transition in the leadership of Essex Police.”

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stephen Kavanagh said: “I feel hugely privileged to have been selected as the next Chief Constable of Essex Police. I greatly look forward to working alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner and everyone in the force to deliver our shared vision for policing and keeping our communities safe.

“I was born and bred in Essex, and I feel very proud to have been presented with this opportunity.”

Biographical details of DAC Kavanagh’s policing career can be seen here.


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