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14 December 2015, 17:59 | Updated: 14 December 2015, 18:04
Avon and Somerset Police have a new Chief Constable.
The appointment of Andy Marsh has been approved by the Police and Crime Panel.
Andy Marsh, the Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary was put forward as the preferred candidate following a rigorous two-day interview process headed by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.
Ms Mountstevens said: ''I am delighted that the Police and Crime Panel agree that Andy is the best person to lead Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
''Andy knows and understands the communities he serves. His passion for Avon and Somerset, its people and its police force shows and I'm pleased that this has also been recognised by the Panel.
''As Chief Constable Andy has a clear grasp on both the challenges that today's police service faces as well the opportunities it can bring through collaboration and stronger relationships with our partners. ''I look forward to working with him on delivering the policing priorities for the people of Avon and Somerset.''
Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: ''It's a great privilege to be formally appointed as the next Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset.
''It's been an honour to serve as the Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary and I'm extremely proud of what we achieved together during my time there. Looking forward, I'm very excited at the prospect of working with the excellent officers, staff and volunteers of Avon and Somerset Constabulary. It's the force I first joined in 1987 and I'm thrilled to be returning as Chief Constable to help build on the excellent work that's taken place in the intervening period since I left.
''Partnership with our communities and other service providers is an equally critical factor in successfully tackling crime, and increasingly so as the nature of that crime becomes more complex. Spending time with partner agencies and visiting communities across the force will be one of my early priorities.''
Chair of the Police and Crime Panel Cllr Nigel Ashton said: ''The Panel was impressed by Mr Marsh both at the stakeholder event last week, as part of the interview process and at today's lengthy confirmation hearing. The Panel was impressed by his comprehensive, hands-on experience and believe he is an excellent appointment.''
Mr Marsh is an experienced chief officer who has held senior posts in Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. As well as being a former area commander of South Bristol and East Somerset he also has operational and detective experience. He is also the national lead for a number of areas of policing including IT procurement and body-worn video cameras.
Mr Marsh is due to take up his role on Monday, February 1, 2016. In the meantime temporary Chief Constable Gareth Morgan will continue to act up as Chief Constable until Mr Marsh starts.