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Back on the beat for new Chief Constable Nick Gargan

March 4, 2013, 4:26 pm

Nick Gargan takes up the reins as the new Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset today (Monday March 4).  He has begun his first day attending daily officer briefings and patrolling the streets of Avon and Somerset.

Having been appointed as Chief Constable by Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, in January, Nick is making it his priority to get to know officers on the ground, the crimes they are tackling and the districts they police.

Joining us from the NPIA, he brings a wealth of experience to the role.  He started his policing career in 1988 with Leicestershire Constabulary.  Following a range of uniform and detective roles he was seconded to the National Criminal Intelligence Service, based at the London bureau of Interpol and then the British Embassy in Paris, where he worked on the high profile investigation into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed.

On his return he took on a variety of roles before transferring to Thames Valley Police in 2006 as Assistant Chief Constable. In 2010 he moved to the NPIA and joins us today as our new Chief.

Nick said: “This is one of the most diverse and interesting forces in the country, and it’s a great honour to take up the role of Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset.

“It’s coincidental that I should be joining the force on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s 100th day in office but there is an interesting symbolism in that.  In this new world of policing and austerity, partnership is even more crucial. The electorate has handed the mandate to the Police and Crime Commissioner, and it’s no longer the Chief’s job alone to set the vision, or solve the budget problems.

“The PCC has a pivotal role to play in helping all of us – police, prisons, probation, childrens services, health, adult care; there are too many to mention – to find the best, most cost effective and smartest ways of working together in tackling crime and supporting victims. The communities of Avon and Somerset deserve nothing less and I look forward to playing my part in helping to make that happen.”

Nick Gargan’s first day coincides with The PCC’s 100th day in post.

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