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Assistant Chief Constable Chris Singer announces his retirement

One of the most senior police officers for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police has announced his retirement.

Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Chris Singer, who has been an integral part of policing for the alliance forces, will be leaving in the next few months after serving 30 years in the police service.

Following his announcement ACC Singer said: "I am immensely proud to have been a part of the Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police alliance and I regard my time here as the pinnacle of my career.

"I have been privileged to work alongside people I value highly and in such a beautiful part of the country. I am now looking forward to spending more time with my family but I wish all the officers, staff and volunteers, who show extraordinary levels of compassion and commitment to keeping these communities safe, the very best."

Chris joined the service with Devon and Cornwall Police in 1986 where he rose through the ranks undertaking roles in local policing, as an authorised firearms officer, as a detective in the Child Protection Team and in intelligence. He was also seconded to the Princes' Trust as a team leader, enabling him to follow one of his passions - helping young people to succeed. He led on custody provision, playing a key role in the development of national doctrine for the safer handing of detainees and led the introduction of full time medical care embedded in custody units. He was responsible for the Devon and Cornwall policing operation for the arrival of the Olympic Torch in 2012, and then formed part of the command cohort at the Olympic Sailing event in Weymouth. He was later a seconded member of the executive team at Plymouth County Council, helping to identify and reap gains from stronger collaboration across the public and voluntary sector.

Chris joined Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police in 2015 and has been responsible for the Protective Services portfolio, driving forward work that helps officers protect the most vulnerable members of our communities. He also served as Temporary Deputy Chief Constable for a six month period last year.

In a joint statement Chief Constable of West Mercia Police Anthony Bangham and Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police Martin Jelley said: "Chris has played an integral role in shaping how across our two forces we work together to achieve our ambition of being great at protecting the most vulnerable in our communities.

"We would both like to take this opportunity to thank him for his dedication and the passion he has shown in supporting our officers, staff and volunteers."

 

Author: Alex Gale, Corporate Communications, alexis.gale@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk

Published 20/04/17