Essex Police’s Chief Constable announces his retirement

Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh has announced his retirement. Picture: ARCHANT

Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh has announced his retirement. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Essex Police’s Chief Constable has announced his retirement after more than 33 years service with the force.

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh (left) with Police and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst. Picture ARCH

Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh (left) with Police and Crime Commissioner Roger Hirst. Picture ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Stephen Kavanagh, who has served as Chief Constable for more than five years, will finish his policing career in September.

He said leading the force had ‘been the joy of my professional life’.

“Together we have navigated the most difficult financial period policing has ever known,” he said.

“Today, I see an organisation with a sense of ambition for the future, one that is stretched but determined to do its best and one that has some remarkable people doing brave and difficult jobs.


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“To carry on our work means planning not just for the next year or two but for the next five or ten.

“I have been determined that my leadership of our force would never shirk the decisions that need to be made.

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“We have done that together and so now is the right time to make a stable transition to the leadership that will take us into the next decade.

“We are fortunate to enjoy a great relationship with an Essex public which supports our police, with some outstanding partners who understand our world and with a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in Roger Hirst who has with me fought and won arguments nationally to get more resource on our front line and to whom I’m extremely grateful for his support for what our force is trying to achieve.”

Mr Kavanagh’s retirement date has yet to be finalised.

He has no current plans for the future and will spend time with his family before exploring other career options.

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