Chief Constable To Retire

4 February 2015, 13:47 | Updated: 4 February 2015, 19:11

The head of Wiltshire Police has made it clear that he will retire from the force in May, after ''considerable soul searching.''

Writing on his personal Twitter account, Pat Geenty called it a ''very sad day.'' 

A statement from the force reveals that the Chief Constable informed the Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson, on Monday 2nd February. 

It explains: 

''Policing has been a fundamental part of my life for the past 33 years so this has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make.

''However, after considerable soul-searching, I feel confident that this is the right thing for me to do. 

''I am entirely certain that I am leaving the Force in capable hands and wish to reassure the public that there is a clear plan for the future of Wiltshire Police.''

Wiltshire and Swindon's Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson, gave the following response to his top man's decision: 

''I would like to thank Mr Geenty for his hard work, professionalism and total commitment to his role as Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police. 

''While I am personally disappointed to be losing an exceptional officer and leader, I fully understand and respect his decision to retire.

''I will now begin to consider the continuity plan for the Force to ensure that Wiltshire Police are able to maintain consistency in leadership. 

''I will update further once I have made a decision.''

Mr Geenty is currently under investigation by the police watchdog for alleged gross misconduct in relation to the  way Wiltshire Police dealt with complaints about a sexual abuse investigation. 

It is alleged Mr Geenty, an inspector and detective constable withheld information from the original complainants.

It is understood that the IPCC will continue its investigation into Mr Geenty and could decide if he has a ''case to answer''. 

However, he will not face the possibility of a disciplinary panel because he is retiring. 

Mr. Geenty has held his position since May 2012, when he was appointed substantive Chief Constable. 

He joined Wiltshire Police in July 2009.