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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Search starts for Cumbria's new Chief Constable

Cumbria is poised for a new chief constable after it was revealed the county’s current top police officer is set to retire.

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Bernard Lawson

Crime commissioner Richard Rhodes advertised today for a new force leader as it emerged Bernard Lawson, who has occupied the chief constable role temporarily, will retire at the end of July.

The new chief will start in August.

Mr Rhodes said: “I am pleased to be starting the search for a permanent new chief constable for Cumbria and welcome applications from across the police service.

“The role of chief constable is incredibly important and it is vital that the successful candidate has the correct skills to maintain the good performance that the constabulary has become recognised for over the years.”

Mr Lawson has been temporary chief constable for 17 months after being brought in from Merseyside Police to replace the previous temporary chief, Stuart Hyde, when he was suspended from duty.

On Mr Lawson’s retirement, Mr Rhodes added: “I want to thank him for the consistency and continuity that he has provided the constabulary at a time of ongoing change.

“I am grateful that Mr Lawson was able to come to Cumbria at quick notice and he has been pivotal in keeping Cumbria a safe place.”

Mr Lawson said: “In September 2012, I was asked specifically to lead Cumbria Constabulary through a particularly unusual period. That task is now drawing to a close.

“I have now made a personal decision to retire in 2014 and allow a new Chief Constable to commit themselves to the long-term future of this great Constabulary and the communities it serves.

“I have been highly impressed and proud of the work and effort committed by its officers, PCSOs and staff on a daily basis.

“I will continue to dedicate myself to my role and ensure a smooth and professional transition occurs.”

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