On Friday the Police and Crime Panel for South Wales approved the appointment of Matt Jukes as Chief Constable of South Wales Police from 1st January 2018.
The Panel endorsed a decision by Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael to appoint Mr Jukes at a meeting in Merthyr Tydfil earlier today.
The need to appoint a new Chief Constable followed the announcement by the current Chief Constable, Peter Vaughan QPM, of his intention to retire at the end of December.
Mr Michael said today: “Deciding who will lead South Wales Police for the coming years, following the retirement of Peter Vaughan, is probably the most important single decision that I will be called upon to make as Police and Crime Commissioner.
“The force has come through a tough and challenging period of years in good shape thanks to Peter’s strong leadership, but the future is also going to be tough and challenging, so we need an outstanding leader to take South Wales Police to a new level, working ever more closely with partners and enabling communities across South Wales to be safe and confident.
“I am certain and confident that in Matt Jukes we have the right person – an outstanding leader with the integrity, the personality, the intellect, the skills and a strong personal commitment to South Wales and to our people. I am therefore delighted that the Police and Crime Panel has approved my appointment of Matt Jukes as Chief Constable of South Wales from January 2018.”
Mr Jukes underwent a stringent selection process involving four separate expert panels who questioned him on police ethics, financial management, partnership working in the public sector and the criminal justice system and work with the voluntary and community sector, followed by a formal interview in front of a panel of senior and diverse representatives. He appeared before the Police and Crime Panel which then formally accepted the recommendation from Mr Michael to appoint him as Chief Constable.
Mr Michael added: “I am grateful to all the people who gave of their time to be involved in this process. It illustrates the importance of the role that the men and women on the panels included council leaders, chief executives, senior executives and academics from a variety of disciplines and agencies.
“Peter Vaughan will continue to lead the force through the remaining months of 2017, and there will be an opportunity in due course to pay tribute to his outstanding leadership of South Wales Police. For now I am delighted that Peter has welcomed my decision and expressed confidence in Matt Jukes to build on sound foundations and take the police team of South Wales to new levels despite the significant financial and other challenges we will face over the next few years.”
Chief Constable Peter Vaughan said: “I am thrilled with the appointment of Matt Jukes to become the next Chief Constable of South Wales Police. I have had the pleasure of working with Matt for the last seven years and consider him to be an individual with huge professional and practical experience. He cares passionately about the communities we serve and the people who make up South Wales Police. I know he will make a positive difference.”
Mr Jukes added: “I’m delighted and humbled to be appointed by Police and Crime Commissioner Alun Michael to succeed Peter Vaughan as Chief Constable of South Wales Police.
“Working with Peter has been a master-class and the opportunity to take the force forward is a tremendous privilege. I’m very proud of our people and our many partnerships that have done so much to keep South Wales safe. But we cannot stand still against the challenges we now face and I am determined to maintain our progress in preventing crime and protecting our communities.”