POLICE in Warwickshire are a step closer to getting their first ever female Chief Constable.
The force’s Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has announced his preferred candidate for the post is Debbie Tedds currently the Temporary Deputy CC.
And, subject to the approval of Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Panel, she will succeed current Chief Constable Martin Jelley QPM when he retires at the end of June, becoming the first female head of the force in its 164-year history.
The announcement comes after a rigorous two-day selection process led by the Commissioner, supported by an experienced panel of representatives from across policing, local partners and community members.
During the process, candidates were put through their paces by a variety of interview panels to demonstrate their suitability.
The final part of the assessment process included the candidates giving a presentation and answering questions from a panel led by the Commissioner, with Monica Fogarty, chief executive of Warwickshire County Council, Kieran Amos, Chief Fire Officer, John Anderson, chair of the joint audit and standards committee and Chief Constable Stephen Watson of Greater Manchester Police.
Mr Seccombe said: “I’m delighted to announce Debbie Tedds as my preferred candidate to be the next Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police.
“She has experience at every level within the force and, as the first female Chief Constable, this will be an appointment of historic significance.
“Our current Chief Constable Martin Jelley has been an outstanding leader, navigating the force successfully through a very challenging period in its history and firmly setting it on a sustainable path for success.
“However, I am very confident that, if the Police and Crime Panel are supportive of the conclusions from this selection process, in Debbie we will have absolutely the right person to continue the excellent progress that has been made.”
The Warwickshire Police and Crime Panel will hold a confirmation hearing on June 11.