‘It’s a privilege’ – first words of force’s chief

The new chief constable for Hampshire Andy Marsh
The new chief constable for Hampshire Andy Marsh

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THIS is the man who will lead Hampshire’s police force.

The appointment of Andy Marsh as Chief Constable was announced today following a lengthy interview process.

He said it was a ‘privilege’ to take on the job – in which he will be leading almost 3,500 police officers, more than 2,000 police staff and more than 300 police community support officers.

Mr Marsh, who had been the deputy chief constable since July 2010, was recommended for the role by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Hayes, from a short list of four candidates.

After two days of interviews with Mr Hayes’ panel of experts, the 46-year-old faced the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel in Winchester, whose role is to scrutinise the commissioner and review his decisions.

The panel, made up of councillors representing every authority in Hampshire and two independent members, approved Mr Hayes’ recommendation.

Councillor David Stewart, chairman of the panel, said: ‘After a very thorough confirmation hearing, we were pleased to be able to unanimously agree the appointment of Mr Marsh as the next chief constable of Hampshire Constabulary.

‘He was able to display a high level of professional competence and personal independence and is a consistent, forward-thinking leader whose values are very much in line with the needs of the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.’

Mr Marsh, who replaces Alex Marshall, said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary has made significant changes and proven highly effective at tackling crime, anti-social behaviour and safeguarding the public under the leadership of Alex Marshall.

‘It is a real privilege to have the opportunity to continue to progress that great work, and I look forward to working with the PCC in building and developing a policing service that focuses on the needs of all those within our communities.’

Mr Hayes, who was elected last November, said: ‘I am delighted the panel has given their unanimous support to my selection of Mr Marsh as the next chief constable.

‘I have now formally made the appointment and Mr Marsh will begin as chief constable on February 5.

‘He was the exceptional candidate for the job, and is well-placed to take the organisation forward, having started the journey by being in charge of the force change programme in his role as deputy chief constable. I am keen to start working with him on delivering my priorities in partnership with our community safety and criminal justice partners.’