Hampshire’s chief constable rules out move to the Met

PRIORITY Chief Constable Alex Marshall
PRIORITY Chief Constable Alex Marshall

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HAMPSHIRE’S top policeman last night renewed his commitment to leading the force, saying it is his ‘only interest’.

Alex Marshall, chief constable of Hampshire Constabulary, spoke out following the shock resignation of Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and his second in command, John Yates.

Mr Marshall, pictured, said in a statement: ‘My only interest is in leading Hampshire Constabulary through what are undoubtedly challenging times financially while continuing to reduce crime as we have been doing over the years. I have no interest in any other role in policing.’

Hampshire’s force is battling to save £50m by April 2015 due to government spending cuts.

Last year crime dropped by just over six per cent.

Mr Marshall, who is also the Association of Chief Police Officers’ lead for the proposed National Police Air Service, has vowed to protect the front line until April 2012.