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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Chief constable will cherish his time as Cumbria's top officer

Cumbria's outgoing top police officer has declared his time in the role a period “he will cherish dearly”.

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Bernard Lawson

Bernard Lawson also spoke of his pride at leading the force as county crime commissioner, Richard Rhodes, paid tribute to his work.

Mr Lawson, who has held the role of chief constable on a temporary basis that has lasted nearly two years, retires at the end of the month.

He will be succeeded by the county’s deputy chief constable, Jerry Graham.

Mr Rhodes wished Mr Lawson well at his last appearance at a meeting of the commissioner’s executive board, which includes police chiefs.

He said he had provided a “steady hand on the tiller” after becoming the county’s third chief constable in a year.

Mr Rhodes said: “He came for what he thought was going to be a short stay.

“During his time we’ve had rising performance, a stable work force and I think by and large the public didn’t notice, which I see as a positive impact.

“I think this was down to Mr Lawson’s personality and skill and experience.”

Mr Lawson, who was brought in from Merseyside Police, said the move to Cumbria Police was “an easy decision to make”.

“I’ve been very proud,” he said. “And to be able to say I was chief constable of Cumbria is something I will cherish very dearly.”

Mr Lawson said he had known Mr Graham for nearly 20 years, adding: “I’ve always known him to act with great integrity and professionalism.

“I think he will do great credit to the constabulary.”

Mr Lawson was brought in to replace the previous temporary chief, Stuart Hyde. Mr Hyde took on the top role after succeeding Craig Mackey, who left after landing the job of deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in January 2012.

The meeting was at the force’s Carleton Hall police headquarters yesterday.

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