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New Chief Constable announced for Thames Valley

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New Chief Constable announced for Thames Valley

The new Chief Constable of the Thames Valley has been confirmed by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Francis Habgood will officially replace Sara Thornton from April 1 following confirmation by the independent Thames Valley Police and Crime Panel last week.

Mr Habgood had been serving as the deputy chief constable since 2008 and took over from Ms Thornton who announced her retirement from the position in December, and who will go on to join the National Police Chiefs Council as its first chairwoman.

Francis Habgood said on taking up the role: “I am honoured and privileged to have been appointed as Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police.

“Having worked for the Force for 11 years, I know how committed officers, staff and volunteers are to keeping our communities safe and providing the public with an emergency service they look to in their hour of need.

“I do not underestimate the challenges ahead but I look forward to building on our successes, particularly the high levels of public satisfaction and reductions in crime.”

Anthony Stansfeld said of the appointment: “I am delighted that the Police and Crime Panel supported my choice of Francis Habgood to be the next Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police.

“He has done an excellent job as Deputy Chief Constable and I look to forward to working with him in the future.”

Trevor Egleton, Chairman of the TVP Police Crime Panel, said: “We are pleased to ratify the appointment and are looking forward to working with the Police Crime Commissioner and the new Chief Constable.”

Francis Habgood joined the police force in January 2004 as assistant chief constable (specialist operations) before being promoted to deputy chief constable in October 2008.

Previously, he had served with West Yorkshire Police which he joined in 1987 and has worked for a number of operational roles in the Leeds area and was appointed Divisional Commander for the North West Area of Leeds in January 2001.

He spent three months helping to train future chief officers on the strategic command course at Bramshill Staff College at the end of 2007.

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