Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston announces retirement plans for 2016

Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston

Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston - Credit: Archant

Essex Police and Crime Commisioner Nick Alston has revealed that he will not be standing for re-election in 2016.

In a statement released through Essex Police this morning, he said: “After much thought and reflection, and after discussions with respected colleagues and my family, I have decided not to stand for re-election in May 2016. T

“This was a really difficult decision, but after a working life of more than 40 years, 35 years of which have been in public service, I will retire in May 2016 to be able to enjoy spending more time with my wife and family, including my three young and vivacious grandchildren.

“I also have a number of developed interests and causes that deserve more of my time than I have been able to give while serving as PCC.

“Since being elected in November 2012, I have sought both to support the excellent work of Essex Police and to challenge the force to do better where failings or legitimate concerns have been identified.

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“In addition the Chief Constable and I have been working to plan a strong sustainable future for Essex Police against a backdrop of the need to manage deep reductions in funding. At the heart of this has been a focus on building a more professional police force, with more effective working relationships with partner agencies, to keep the people of Essex safe from harm.”

Chief constable Stephen Kavanagh paid tribute to the work that Mr Alston had achieved, including his commitment to public service, speaking and listening to officers and communities.

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Chief constable Kavanagh added: “The constructive scrutiny and focus on victims that Nick Alston has brought to the role of Police and Crime Commissioner has improved transparency in policing and understanding of the significant challenges Essex Police face.

“Nick’s commitment to public service, intellect and deep-seated values have made a real contribution to our county.

“Personally I am extremely grateful for his advice and challenge, and I look forward to working with him and his team on the big issues facing crime and policing in Essex until his retirement.”

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