THE chief constable of Hampshire police is set to leave the force.
Andy Marsh has been named as the preferred candidate for the chief constable at Avon and Somerset.
In a message to staff and officers he said: ‘I have been proud to serve the people of Hampshire and Isle of Wight as chief constable and I would like to thank you all for your warmth, support and ongoing dedication to keeping vulnerable people safe from harm. Your efforts have been second to none.
‘I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our police and crime commissioner for his support and remind everyone that, today, Hampshire Constabulary has very high public confidence compared with other forces in the country.
‘This is thanks to the collective efforts of so many people, including partner agencies and the public who have worked with us.
‘I understand that some of you might feel disappointed at my decision to put my name forward for this new role but for six years I have lived away from home, so when this opportunity came to spend more time with my family it was something that I could not turn down.
I understand that some of you might feel disappointed at my decision to put my name forward for this new role but for six years I have lived away from home, so when this opportunity came to spend more time with my family it was something that I could not turn downAndy Marsh
‘Subject to my selection being confirmed on Monday, I will leave behind a strong team with the dedication and ambition to keep our communities safe during what is an exciting era for policing with many new challenges.’
Sue Mountstevens, the police and crime commissioner for Avon and Somerset, made the announcement on Twitter today.
Simon Hayes, Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner, has praised Mr Marsh’s ‘significant contribution’ to protecting communities in Hampshire and said there will be enough time to find a successor.
Mr Hayes said: ‘I fully respect the chief constable’s personal reasons for wanting to move to Avon and Somerset and congratulate him on his selection as preferred candidate.
‘During his nearly three years as chief, and previous time as deputy chief, Andy Marsh has made a significant contribution to protecting our communities from harm.
‘He has proven that policing is a vocation and has played a significant role in maintaining legitimacy and public confidence in all aspects of the constabulary’s work.
‘He has guided the organisation through significant changes to operational policing, introducing innovation and modernisation.
‘As Andy would not be leaving us immediately, there is time to plan for the future and give consideration to finding his successor.
‘I am sure, should he be confirmed at the helm early next year, Avon and Somerset will flourish with Andy as their chief constable.
‘I wish him and his family all the best in the future’
The proposed appointment is subject to a confirmation hearing by the Avon and Somerset police and crime panel on Monday.
Mr Marsh, a married father-of-two, was appointed chief at Hampshire in February 2013.
He was previously assistant chief constable at Avon and Somerset.
He joined Hampshire in 2010 as deputy chief constable.