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New Thames Valley Police chief chosen

New Thames Valley Police chief chosen

Lucy Elder

A new Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police has been appointed.

Francis Habgood has been chosen and will take over as Chief Constable on Wednesday (April 1).

Anthony Stansfeld, police and crime commissioner for Thames Valley, confirmed the appointment on Friday (March 27).

Mr Habgood joined Thames Valley Police in 2004 and has been Deputy Chief Constable since 2008.

He previously served with West Yorkshire Police, which he joined in 1987, and worked in a number of operational roles in the Leeds area.

He was appointed Divisional Commander for the North West Area of Leeds in 2001.

Mr Habgood said: “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 added he is 'delighted' the Police and Crime panel supported his choice.

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

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