Hampshire’s top policeman to leave the force

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Hampshire’s chief constable is to leave the force for a prestige new role.

Alex Marshall is to take up a position as the chief executive of the new national College of Policing.

Hampshire Police chief constable Alex Marshall

Hampshire Police chief constable Alex Marshall

The announcement of his appointment was made today in the House of Commons by the Home Secretary Theresa May.

Mr Marshall will retain the rank of chief constable in the role.

The date for Mr Marshall’s departure from Hampshire Constabulary is not yet confirmed, but is likely to be early 2013.

The selection and appointment of a new chief constable will be made by the Police and Crime Commissioner, who will be selected in a public election in November.

Mr Marshall said:’This appointment is a fantastic opportunity to replace bureaucracy and unnecessary policies in policing with practical, common sense approaches based on the evidence of what works.

‘By the time I leave, early in 2013, we will have seen five consecutive years of crime reduction in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Over this period, anti-social behaviour has gone down and we have caught more of the serious criminals.

‘When I became chief constable in 2008, I promised to focus on the clear priorities of cutting crime and ensuring frontline visibility. Despite making huge cuts in the budget, we have protected and preserved our numbers in visible local roles.

‘It will be a real wrench to leave Hampshire next year. This is a place where I feel very much at home, where I have been made to feel very welcome, and where I have worked with colleagues who are highly professional and genuinely care about the people they serve.”

Adrian Collett, chairman of Hampshire Police Authority, said: ‘This appointment is an exciting opportunity for Mr Marshall, but we know it will have been a difficult decision to even consider leaving Hampshire.

‘He has made his mark locally, regionally and nationally and we have no doubt that he is an excellent choice for this role. Our feelings are mixed however because the college’s gain is certainly our loss. Mr Marshall is extremely well regarded by all in the constabulary and members of the Police Authority.

‘His notable achievements include a significant and sustained reduction in crime. He has always been committed to protecting the frontline even in the times of austerity.

‘He has ensured the force is ahead of the government’s comprehensive spending review -by taking difficult but important decisions whilst maintaining force performance.

‘This appointment reflects well on us here in Hampshire. As his first chief constable appointment, Hampshire has provided him with the environment to grow into a nationally respected chief officer. Mr Marshall’s new role is a crucial one in the history of policing and one we are confident he will carry out to the very best of his abilities.

‘Of course, this announcement comes shortly before the election for the Police and Crime Commissioner. Clearly the PCC will be involved in appointing Mr Marshall’s replacement.’

As chief executive of the College of Policing, Mr Marshall will be responsible for over-seeing the training standards for all police in the UK, as the service transforms to meet the changing demands of modern policing.

Alex Marshall joined Hampshire Constabulary on October 16, 2008, having previously served with the Metropolitan Police Service, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, and Thames Valley Police, where he was deputy chief constable.

His departure has been announced less than a month before elections for the UKs first police commissioners.