A NEW joint assistant chief constable is to take the reins at Hampshire and Thames Valley police.
John Campbell - who has previously served as Portsmouth’s police commander - will be responsible for the recently formed joint operations unit for both forces, which covers firearms, operational support and the dog section.
The appointment of a joint assistant chief constable comes as both forces battle to tackle multi-million pound government spending cuts.
Alex Marshall, chief constable of Hampshire police, and Thames Valley’s chief constable Sara Thornton yesterday signed an agreement under the Police Act along with chief executives from police authorities for both areas enabling the move to go ahead.
Mr Campbell said: ‘I am delighted to have this opportunity to work across both Forces and ensure that we continue to deliver high quality policing in these specialist areas. Much has already been achieved and the rest of this year will see further integration and development of the Joint Operations Unit..
‘I know Hampshire Constabulary very well, having served there for 10 years as police commander in Portsmouth, head of operations and as a temporary Assistant Chief Constable before joining Thames Valley Police in 2010.’
Mr Campbell will initially be take on the post of joint assistant chief constable for operations for a nine-month trial period.
The joint roads policing unit was the first element of the new unit, which was brought in at the end of January.
Other parts of the joint unit will follow, concluding with the implementation of the joint Firearms unit after the 2012 Olympics.