Next Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset announced

Chief Constable Andy Marsh.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh.

The current Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary, Andy Marsh, has been appointed as the next Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Following the announcement, Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset, Sue Mountstevens, said, “Andy is a highly experienced Chief Constable and has extensive experience of policing with much of his career in Avon and Somerset.

“As the Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary, Andy has implemented transformation and change projects and delivered savings and improved performance. He is also the national lead for a number of areas of policing including IT procurement and body-worn video cameras. As well as bringing excellent leadership skills from his chief officer roles in Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, he also has operational and detective experience and has previously been an area commander in South Bristol and East Somerset.

“It’s no secret that there are tough times ahead for policing with continuing budget pressures combined with a changing landscape and new demands. I’m confident that Andy is the person to lead Avon and Somerset and work with me to build safer, stronger communities and ensure the people of Avon and Somerset have the very best police service.

“I would like to thank Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Morgan for acting up during this time.”

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said, “I’m thrilled to be the preferred candidate for Avon and Somerset Constabulary, a police force I joined in 1987 for which I was proud to serve and gain valuable policing experience in a range of different roles. Avon and Somerset is a good police force, I will work tirelessly with officers, staff and volunteers of the Constabulary to deliver excellent policing services to the communities within which my family and I live.”