New Top Cop For Thames Valley

7 April 2015, 06:00

The new man in charge of police officers serving Milton Keynes says he doesn't under-estimate the challenges ahead - but looks forward to building on the success on reducing crime right across the Thames Valley.

Francis Habgood today (1/4) takes up his new position as the Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police, following his appointment by the Police Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld.

He has been Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police (TVP) since 2008 and joined TVP 11 years ago from West Yorkshire Police.

On taking up his new post, Thames Valley Police Chief Constable, Francis Habgood told it's YouTube channel: 

"I am honoured and privileged to have been appointed as Chief Constable for Thames Valley Police. Having worked for the Force for 11 years, I know how committed officers, staff and volunteers are to keeping our communities safe and providing the public with an emergency service they look to in their hour of need.

I do not underestimate the challenges ahead but I look forward to building on our successes, particularly the high levels of public satisfaction and reductions in crime.  I have a clear vision for the future that will ensure the residents of the Thames Valley have a police service that is innovative and fit for purpose to meet their needs.

We cannot do this alone, but need to work with our partners/other services and most importantly our local communities.  I set great store by local policing.  Over the coming months I plan to visit all local police areas, meet with partners and listen to their views and concerns of local people.

We will maintain a focus on traditional crimes such as burglary and the huge impact these have on the individuals involved, whilst combating new and emerging challenges such as cyber crime.

I acknowledge there is a financial challenge ahead, we have already saved £58m in the last four years, whilst protecting front line policing.  We will continue to take an innovative approach to meet this challenge, looking at new ways of working including embracing the advances digital working brings."

Sara Thornton, Chair of the National Police Chiefs Council and former Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police said: "I have worked with Francis since 2003 and therefore have seen at first-hand how effective he is as a Chief Officer. He is not only very capable and energetic – he is also a very supportive colleague. I am confident that he will lead the force well over the tough times ahead."