A NEW deputy chief constable has been appointed by Hampshire Constabulary.
Craig Denholm, who grew up in Fareham, as the second-in-command for the force, will take the job.
The vacancy was created by Chief Constable Andy Marsh’s promotion from the deputy post in February.
Mr Denholm, who currently fills the same role at Surrey Police said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as deputy chief constable in Hampshire.
‘I have had the pleasure of serving with the force before and look forward to working with Andy Marsh and all in the Hampshire Constabulary team, and helping make what is already a great force even better.’
Mr Marsh said: ‘Craig is an experienced and very capable deputy with a good track record of leadership and delivery of excellent policing services to the public. He will be a valuable addition to the team and I look forward to working with him in Hampshire over the next few years.’
Mr Denholm has been deputy chief constable of Surrey Police since June 2009. Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Hayes, who was a member of the selection panel, added: ‘I was impressed with the high calibre of candidates and, in selecting Craig Denholm, I feel certain that our chief officer team will be strengthened and equipped to take the force in a positive direction, protecting people and places and ensuring Hampshire and the Isle of Wight remain safe places to live, work and visit.’
His start date is yet to be confirmed. Laura Nicholson will remain in as acting deputy until that time.
His policing career began in the Metropolitan Police in 1984. He has spent the majority of his career in the Criminal Investigation Department, including periods involved in anti-corruption, intelligence, drugs enforcement and other major investigations.
He undertook senior roles in the National Criminal Intelligence Service and spent a short time with Hampshire Constabulary before joining Surrey Police.