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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Cumbria police's new chief constable to get five-year deal

Cumbria's new chief constable will get a five-year contract, bringing an end to top-level upheaval that has seen a trio of officers take the role in the last three years.

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Richard Rhodes

The successful candidate will also get a salary of up to £145,000 a year as they become the most senior police officer in the county.

Cumbria’s crime commissioner Richard Rhodes has advertised for a new force leader, with Bernard Lawson, the current police chief, retiring at the end of July.

Mr Lawson has been temporary chief constable for 18 months after being brought in from Merseyside Police to replace the previous temporary chief, Stuart Hyde, when he was suspended from duty.

Mr Hyde took on the role after succeeding Craig Mackey, who left after landing the job of deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in January 2012.

The new chief will start in August.

Mr Rhodes says he is looking to appoint “an exceptional individual” to lead the force.

“Cumbria faces challenging times and we seek an individual who will provide stability while embracing change and the opportunities it brings,” he said.

The job advertisement for the job says the officer taking it must be an effective communicator and “an advocate of professionalism in policing”.

They must also be “equipped to generate trust and confidence” among the public and staff.

The commissioner has publicly thanked Mr Lawson for the “consistency and continuity” he provided at the force, adding he had been “pivotal in keeping Cumbria a safe place”.

Interviews are due to take place next month.

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