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9 January 2013, 12:00 | Updated: 9 January 2013, 12:07
The Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police has congratulated his deputy, who has been appointed as the top police officer in Gloucestershire.
Suzette Davenport (right) will take up her new role at Gloucestershire Police Chief Constable on 1 February 2013.
Ms Davenport, 49, was one of four candidates interviewed to head the 2,207-strong constabulary and it will be the first time in the force's 174-year history that a woman has been at the helm.
She said: "I am delighted and hugely proud to be joining a progressive constabulary that has a strong reputation for policing.
"This is an exciting opportunity for me to work with the new police and crime commissioner at the start of a new era and to deliver first class policing services and help keep the people of Gloucestershire safe.''
Originally from North Yorkshire, Ms Davenport has served with West Mercia, Staffordshire and West Midlands.
Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Adrian Lee said: “I am delighted that Suzette has been appointed to the position of Chief Constable at Gloucestershire Constabulary.
“I would like to offer my congratulations to her on being appointed, although her move will be a huge loss to Northamptonshire.
“We are fortunate that we have a strong Chief Officer team and together we will continue to drive forward the performance of the Force to deliver our intention of making Northamptonshire the safest county in England.”