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South Wales Police appoint New chief constable

 

A new chief constable of South Wales Police is set to be appointed.

Jeremy Vaughan has been nominated for the post following a detailed recruitment process led by the South Wales police and crime commissioner Alun Michael.

If approved by the South Wales Police and Crime Panel, Mr Vaughan will replace outgoing chief constable Matt Jukes, who has been appointed as assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Three candidates were short-listed and after going in front of three specialist panels and having a formal interview process, Mr Vaughan was chosen as the “stand out candidate” to succeed Mr Jukes.

In his report on the proposed new appointment, the South Wales police and crime commissioner Alun Michael said: “Despite the difficulties created by an unremitting period of tough financial cuts – and the financial challenges have not gone away – Matt Jukes has continued the journey aimed at developing South Wales Police into one of the leading forces in the UK, with a balance of high performance in responding to crime and supporting victims while intervening early and working with partners to prevent crime in the first place and create safe, confident communities across south Wales.”

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Mr Vaughan is currently the deputy chief constable of the force and Mr Michael said the new chief constable will take the helm of a “fine police force” but that the “considerable and continuing” operational and financial challenges should not be underestimated.

Mr Michael said deciding who will lead South Wales Police for the coming years to succeed Matt Jukes is the “most important single decision that I have to take as the police and crime commissioner and it is important not only for the police service but for all the communities of south Wales.”

The annual salary of the chief constable is currently £162,840, with a review pending, and will be on an initial fixed term appointment for up to five years.

The police and crime panel will meet at 10am on Tuesday, November 3 to consider the appointment.

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