THE SEARCH for the next chief constable of West Midlands Police has begun after Sir David Thompson announced his retirement.
Sir David is due to stand down as planned in late 2022, after the Commonwealth Games have taken place after spending six years at the helm of the police force.
Now the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Simon Foster, is writing to police officers and others across the country holding a rank equivalent to assistant chief constable or above, to invite their interest in the post.
It is the responsibility of the PCC to appoint the chief constable, as well as setting the force’s strategy and budget.
Mr Foster said: “Sir David Thompson has been an excellent public servant, during very challenging times for policing.
“He will continue to be chief constable until beyond the Commonwealth Games, but now is the right time to start the search for his successor.
“I wish Sir David all the very best in his future endeavours, after he leaves West Midlands Police as planned, later in the year.
“The next chief constable will be responsible for working with me, to deliver my Police and Crime Plan and my pledge to rebuild community policing.”
Sir David Thompson was appointed as chief constable in 2016 by the former PCC David Jamieson, and his contract was extended by two years in 2020 to provide continuity of leadership until beyond the Commonwealth Games.
The PCC will be setting out a detailed timetable for the recruitment process in the coming weeks.