Essex: Search for new chief constable to begin immediately

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Nick Alston Nick Alston

The search for the next chief constable of Essex Police will begin immediately.

Current chief constable Jim Barker-McCardle announced last month he would be leaving the role.

It will be the job of new police and crime commissioner, Nick Alston, to appoint his successor.

Mr Alston said: "Jim and I have now agreed that he will leave Essex Police on May 3, 2013.

"I have decided that we will start the search for the next chief constable of Essex Police with immediate effect.

"I will be doing my utmost to ensure that Essex has the opportunity to recruit a first class chief constable from a range of high calibre candidates.

"Jim has been a fine chief constable, constantly striving to deliver the best possible policing service to all the communities of Essex.

"I am delighted that Jim has agreed to lead Essex Police well into next year, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him."

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4:16pm Thu 20 Dec 12

mirokou says...

Ideal candidate should be very at good at saying "Yes" at every available opportunity. Any Chief officer found to be a Labour supporter will not be considered.
Ideal candidate should be very at good at saying "Yes" at every available opportunity. Any Chief officer found to be a Labour supporter will not be considered. mirokou

4:23pm Thu 20 Dec 12

beanieaz says...

Gutted to hear he'll be leaving, he's a fab Chief, and was by far the best boss! On another note, how come this new PCC gets the respect of being called "Mr Alston", but it's fine for him to send out a press release using Mr Barker-McCardle's first name?! He sounds like he's making a speech at his local pub!
Gutted to hear he'll be leaving, he's a fab Chief, and was by far the best boss! On another note, how come this new PCC gets the respect of being called "Mr Alston", but it's fine for him to send out a press release using Mr Barker-McCardle's first name?! He sounds like he's making a speech at his local pub! beanieaz

4:46pm Thu 20 Dec 12

cavillas says...

Such a shame our Chief constable is leaving. As for this police commissionaire person, total waste of time and money. How many extra staff will he be employing ie deputies, sectaries and other ancillary staff. Why duplicate jobs by employing a civilian doing the same job as a professional policeman i.e. Chief Constable. Ridiculous scheme imported from America where everything is based on politics and money. Glad I never voted but spoilt my vote as a protest.
Such a shame our Chief constable is leaving. As for this police commissionaire person, total waste of time and money. How many extra staff will he be employing ie deputies, sectaries and other ancillary staff. Why duplicate jobs by employing a civilian doing the same job as a professional policeman i.e. Chief Constable. Ridiculous scheme imported from America where everything is based on politics and money. Glad I never voted but spoilt my vote as a protest. cavillas

8:24pm Thu 20 Dec 12

howwhy says...

Cavillas don't moan you had the chance to vote but decided to spoil your vote apparently. What a sensible thing to do.
Cavillas don't moan you had the chance to vote but decided to spoil your vote apparently. What a sensible thing to do. howwhy

6:19am Fri 21 Dec 12

HandyManny says...

Even to hear this Crime Commissioner in the same sentence as the Chief Constable is insulting.

A police officer with more than 30 years police service against someone elected into a Tory role that none of the public have any respect for.

The police have been choosing Chiefs for years, we don't need this puppet adding his 30 seconds of knowledge.

Good luck Mr Baker-McCardle for your future.
Even to hear this Crime Commissioner in the same sentence as the Chief Constable is insulting. A police officer with more than 30 years police service against someone elected into a Tory role that none of the public have any respect for. The police have been choosing Chiefs for years, we don't need this puppet adding his 30 seconds of knowledge. Good luck Mr Baker-McCardle for your future. HandyManny

9:49am Fri 21 Dec 12

zt00013 says...

Yes 'howwhy' spoiling his vote was the best thing to do, why would he want to lend legitimacy to a system that he disagrees with, quite often to abstain is the only choice left. The fact there were so many abstentions sent a clear message to government that their policy was a failure, if people had not abstained the government would have claimed a glittering success which would have been contrary to public opinion. PCC elections are a farce, the politicisation of the police force has always ended badly. Plus we all know it will a bunch of right wing nut jobs with the iq of a badger that will be most involved -- resulting in probably a nasty and draconian police force, that perpetuates current social problems.
Yes 'howwhy' spoiling his vote was the best thing to do, why would he want to lend legitimacy to a system that he disagrees with, quite often to abstain is the only choice left. The fact there were so many abstentions sent a clear message to government that their policy was a failure, if people had not abstained the government would have claimed a glittering success which would have been contrary to public opinion. PCC elections are a farce, the politicisation of the police force has always ended badly. Plus we all know it will a bunch of right wing nut jobs with the iq of a badger that will be most involved -- resulting in probably a nasty and draconian police force, that perpetuates current social problems. zt00013

12:37pm Fri 21 Dec 12

cavillas says...

howwhy, I am perfectly entitled to moan and complain about having a police commissionaire. I spoilt my vote as a demonstration about the idiocy of creating such a nonsensical post. It is apparent that for a long time this country has got on very well with Chief Constables and change is not always a good thing, this is one case where it is a retrograde step, back to more bureaucracy and jobs for the boys.
I have campaigned long and hard against this ridiculous commissioner system as it is just politically motivated, the least that could have been done was to ban all political parties from putting up candidates and just have independents stand only. It is a travesty of our society.
howwhy, I am perfectly entitled to moan and complain about having a police commissionaire. I spoilt my vote as a demonstration about the idiocy of creating such a nonsensical post. It is apparent that for a long time this country has got on very well with Chief Constables and change is not always a good thing, this is one case where it is a retrograde step, back to more bureaucracy and jobs for the boys. I have campaigned long and hard against this ridiculous commissioner system as it is just politically motivated, the least that could have been done was to ban all political parties from putting up candidates and just have independents stand only. It is a travesty of our society. cavillas

3:05pm Fri 21 Dec 12

sKorch says...

Spoiling a vote is rather self-defeating. The vote counts as a spoilt vote.
If you want to show disapproval then not voting will register higher on the scale.
Spoiling a vote is rather self-defeating. The vote counts as a spoilt vote. If you want to show disapproval then not voting will register higher on the scale. sKorch

7:13pm Sat 22 Dec 12

howwhy says...

Correct sKorch.Maybe if all who disagreed with this idea had protested the right way maybe they would of been listened to.Apathy is the bullies/dictators winning action.
Correct sKorch.Maybe if all who disagreed with this idea had protested the right way maybe they would of been listened to.Apathy is the bullies/dictators winning action. howwhy

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