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Kent police commissioner Ann Barnes confirms Alan Pughsley to become new Chief Constable

20 December 2013
by KentOnline reporter

The second in command of Kent's police force has today been confirmed as the new Chief Constable.

Kent police commissioner Ann Barnes announced Alan Pughsley has been selected for the number one uniformed role after being formally selected by the police and crime panel.

He will take up the role from January 4 after beating two other candidates to the top job.

New Kent Police chief constable Alan Pughsley with police commissioner Ann Barnes

New Kent Police chief constable Alan Pughsley with police commissioner Ann Barnes

Mr Pughlsey said: "It's an absolute privilege to be offered this role and to have the opportunity to lead an excellent police force. I'm really looking forward to starting."

Ms Barnes said: "I'm absolutely delighted that the appointment has been confirmed today. I'm looking forward to working closely with Alan once he's in post."

Mr Pughsley was appointed deputy Chief Constable in March 2011.

"It's an absolute privilege to be offered this role and to have the opportunity to lead an excellent police force..." - Alan Pughsley

He joined Kent Police in April 2009 as Assistant Chief Constable for specialist operations, heading up the joint Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

Before this, he had worked at the Metropolitan Police since 1984.

His expertise was in murder investigations, armed robbery, firearms and drug-related crimes.

Mr Pughsley also worked with Surrey Police as a Detective Superintendent before returning to the Metropolitan Police as a Borough Commander in Lewisham, south London.

There, he was responsible for 640 police officers and 180 police staff.

The recruitment process began in October after current Chief Constable Ian Learmonth announced his retirement.

The appointment followed a two-day selection process that included Mrs Barnes, senior police representatives and Michael Bax, a former High Sheriff and local businessman.

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