Warwickshire Police Chief Constable to retire

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Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Andy Parker is to retire from the service at the end of March 2015.

By that date he will have completed just short of 32 years’ service, the past ten years in Warwickshire Police, of which he was appointed chief constable in 2011.

He said: “It has been an immense privilege to serve the public of Warwickshire and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

“I have been fortunate to work with an outstanding workforce, a terrific public and some very dedicated and professional partner agencies.”

Mr Parker originally planned to leave the £136,000-a-year post three years ago, but felt the prospect of developing the ‘strategic alliance’ with the West Mercia force was “too exciting to miss”.

According to Government figures, Warwickshire Police has 844 officers – fewer than any other force in the country.

It has received criticism from various sources in the past few months. Last month, it was lambasted by a councillor about its rate of convictions following allegations of rape – which was well below the national average.

In September, it emerged that Warwickshire Police attended a lower proportion of crime scenes than any other force. And in May, Warwickshire officers finished second-worst in national fitness tests in May.

But Mr Parker believes he will leave the force in good shape. He said: “The alliance is embedded, crime is at its lowest levels for many years and the governance of policing in Warwickshire is in good hands. I feel the time is now right to bring in a new Chief to take the force forward through the next phase of development.”

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