Police and Crime Commissioner appoints Chief Constable

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball has today confirmed the appointment of Chief Constable Andy Parker for a further two years.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball

Mr Ball said: “I am delighted today to be able to announce that, subject to confirmation by the Police and Crime Panel, I have decided to confirm the appointment of Chief Constable Andy Parker for a further two years.

“This decision is by mutual consent and has been approved by the Home Office after consultation with them. Andy took over the role in December 2011 when his predecessor Keith Bristow was tasked with the development of the National Crime Agency.

Warwickshire Police's Chief Constable Andy Parker

Warwickshire Police’s Chief Constable Andy Parker

“After reviewing Andy’s performance to date and listening to his views about the future for policing both in Warwickshire and the Alliance, I have decided that confirmation for two years is appropriate. That will enable the alliance to bed in under strong leadership, and allow me sufficient time to recruit a suitable replacement.

We have been fortunate to benefit from the leadership of a man who manages to combine popularity with effectiveness, and I look forward to continue to work closely with him in the future.”

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One comment

  1. Given that the appointment of the Chief Constable has been made for a further two years, perhaps Mr Parker could be asked why twelve months after the apology cited in the article below was demanded we have heard nothing. Neither the apology or a reasonable explanation as to why Mr Lawrence who should have been acting without fear or favour uttered those words. I would also like to know if Cllr Farnell in the absence of an apology did indeed follow through on his threat and what the outcome was. Here is the article from the newspaper:

    Council leader demands apology for police remark after Atherstone verdict
    8:10am Friday 1st June 2012 in Alcester
    THE chairman of Warwickshire County Council called comments from the chief of Warwickshire Police ‘unforgivable’, after he said he was ‘disappointed’ by the acquittal of two fire service managers on charges of gross negligence manslaughter.
    Incident commanders Adrian Ashley and Timothy Woodward were found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence in their handling of a warehouse fire in Atherstone-on-Stour, which resulted in the deaths of four firefighters, including two from Alcester.
    A third officer, Paul Simmonds, was acquitted five weeks into the trial on the judge’s direction.
    Speaking at a press conference called after the verdict for the two men, Detective superintendent Ken Lawrence, said: “The jury has reached its verdict after hearing the evidence presented in court and we have to accept that.
    “I am however, personally disappointed with the verdict that has been reached.”
    In his response, Councillor Alan Farnell, leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “A senior police officer has been quoted as saying he is ‘disappointed’ that three Warwickshire fire fighters have been acquitted of the flimsy charges brought against them. This is simply outrageous. I will be writing to the chief constable demanding an apology to the three fire fighters and a clarification that the police acknowledge their complete innocence in the light of the jury’s unanimous not guilty verdict at court. If no such apology is forthcoming I will be referring the matter to the Police Authority.”
    He added: “It is unforgivable that the police should stage a press conference designed to do nothing but cast doubt on the verdict of a British jury.

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