The Chief Constable of Gloucestershire, Suzette Davenport, has announced her retirement from policing.

Ms Davenport, 54, will be leaving her role in April after four years in the job and over 30 years in the police service.

She was appointed by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl in 2013 and, amongst many achievements, has guided the organisation through a major restructure during a time of financial constraint.

Chief Constable Davenport said:  “I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our officers and staff for all their hard work, dedication and support over the last four years.

“I am privileged to lead great people in a fabulous organisation and while we have faced some tough challenges we have had some major successes in tackling the issues that really affect our communities.

“I’m proud to have helped deliver further reductions in crime and know that Gloucestershire remains a very safe place to live, work and visit.

“I always said this would be my last role in policing and to have served as Gloucestershire’s Chief Constable has not only been the highlight of my career but the greatest possible honour.”

Originally from North Yorkshire, Ms Davenport started her police service with West Mercia Police and worked in a variety of roles over the next 20 years. After a short spell at the Home Office in 2005, she was appointed Assistant Chief Constable with Staffordshire Police and in May 2007 transferred to the West Midlands, where she led intelligence and neighbourhood policing. 

As well as her responsibilities in Northamptonshire, Ms Davenport has been the national lead for roads policing in England and Wales. For eight years, she was vice president of the British Association for Women in Policing (BAWP) and was awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal in 2016.

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