Home Office approves Andy Parker as Chief Constable of Warwickshire

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ANDY Parker has been approved as Chief Constable of Warwickshire following a recommendation by the police authority.

Mr Parker will take up his post on Thursday, December 1 following the departure of Keith Bristow, who has been appointed to lead the new National Crime Agency, and will continue until June 2013.

Andy Parker joined Warwickshire Police as Assistant Chief Constable in January 2005, following a successful career with North Yorkshire Police, and was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in July 2007.

During his service with North Yorkshire Andy worked on several major incidents including the Great Heck rail disaster, the Duneswick air crash and the York and Selby floods.

He is a graduate of Liverpool University and has a post-graduate diploma in applied criminology.

Andy received the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2011 New Year Honours.

He said: “I am honoured to be appointed Chief Constable of Warwickshire and will ensure that, with communities and partners, we continue to tackle the most serious harms faced by local people.

“Warwickshire Police has significantly reduced levels of crime over the past five years and as we move towards a future working more closely with West Mercia Police, we will ensure that our clear focus on protecting local communities is maintained.”

Warwickshire Police Authority has also appointed Neil Brunton as temporary Deputy Chief Constable and Guy Rutter, currently serving with West Mercia Police, as temporary Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for protective services in both forces.

Neil Brunton joined the police service in Nottinghamshire as a cadet in 1982 and became a constable two years later.

In 1992 he transferred to Dyfed-Powys as Detective Sergeant and joined Warwickshire police as Superintendent and head of judicial services in 2001.

One of his key achievements has been working alongside a partnership team of senior managers to review, re-design and transform partnership business processes resulting in an improved service for the public.

Guy Rutter began his police service in 1985 and served the first 11 years in Bedfordshire before moving to Hertfordshire.

He joined West Mercia on promotion to superintendent in 1998 and his duties there have included heading the organisational development unit.

During 2011 he attended and passed the strategic command course and has gained experience as an acting Assistant Chief Constable in West Mercia.

Phil Robson, chair of Warwickshire Police Authority, said: “I am delighted that the Home Office has approved Andy Parker’s appointment as Chief Constable. This will ensure continuity of leadership during a period of great change for the force and ensure that the move towards a strategic alliance will progress smoothly.

“I am also delighted that Neil Brunton has taken on the role of temporary Deputy Chief Constable and welcome Guy Rutter to the force as temporary Assistant Chief Constable.

“I am confident that this new chief officer team will continue the excellent work to reduce crime and deliver protection for the people of Warwickshire.”