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Commissioner begins search for new Chief Constable for Lancashire force

6 January, 2017

chief-and-pccLancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw has today launched the search for a successor to Chief Constable Steve Finnigan.

Mr Finnigan, who has led the force for the past 11 years, will retire in June and the search for his replacement is under way. The role is being advertised nationwide to ensure a successor is in place for when he hands over charge.

Clive Grunshaw paid tribute to Mr Finnigan’s service. He said: “I want to thank Steve personally for his very dedicated service he has shown to Lancashire and throughout his career.

“Lancashire’s position as one of the best in the country has been secured under Steve’s watch and deserves a great deal of praise for that.”

Mr Finnigan took over the role of Chief Constable temporarily in 2005, securing the position in a substantive role from 2007. His police career began in Merseyside where he worked for 25 years working at the Toxteth riots, miners’ dispute and on the murder of toddler James Bulger in 1993.

He joined Lancashire in 2001 as Assistant Chief Constable, rising to deputy a year later, and has supported some high profile cases in Lancashire too namely the disturbances in Burnley, the cockle pickers tragedy and anti-terrorist operations including a failed plot to bring down a plane. In 2006 he was awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal before being awarded the CBE for services to policing in 2010.

The search for a new Chief Constable for Lancashire will see the role advertised on the College of Policing website, in national policing publications and on the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.

Mr Grunshaw said: “This is a great opportunity for an ambitious police leader to take the helm of the force at a time when we are continuing on our transformation.

“I have a brand new Police and Crime Plan developed with the Constabulary and local people designed to ensure policing in our area meets local needs.

“The pressure of reducing resources remains, but I remain committed to Lancashire being ranked consistently in the top forces in the country – delivering real change and keeping our communities safe.

“I am looking for someone who shares that passion and drive and can work with my Office and our partners on that mission.”

The closing date for applications is 13 February 2017, interviews are scheduled to take place over two days on the 28 February and the 1 march 2017.  The new Chief Constable will be expected to take up post on the 1 July 2017.

Further information and the application pack can be found here.

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