New police chief pledges crackdown

ESSEX Police's new chief constable has pledged to tackle anti-social behaviour and get more officers out on the streets. Roger Baker will replace David Stevens when his contract finishes at the end of June, the county's police authority has announced.

ESSEX Police's new chief constable has pledged to tackle anti-social behaviour and get more officers out on the streets.

Roger Baker will replace David Stevens when his contract finishes at the end of June, the county's police authority has announced.

The 46-year-old is currently Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police and is set to take control of operations on July 1.

Mr Baker said: "I am absolutely delighted to be appointed chief constable of Essex Police. This is the proudest moment of my policing career.


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"I am looking forward to serving the people of Essex and building on the excellent work that has already been achieved.

"Essex has set an excellent standard for delivering policing services and I cannot wait to start working with the police authority and the force to deliver the best services for the community.

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"I will strive to keep crime rates down, increase visible policing, reduce anti-social behaviour and improve contact with the public."

The announcement followed what police called a "thorough selection process" which ended on Friday with an interview with the police authority's selection panel.

Chairman of Essex Police Authority, Robert Chambers, said he was delighted to welcome Mr Baker as the new chief constable.

"We had a difficult decision because the quality of all the candidates was very high. However I believe we have found a new chief constable who will build on the excellent work of Mr Stevens.

"He will encourage the force to deliver the best possible service to the people of Essex, and provide reassurance to the community by bringing his own ideas to the role.

"Mr Baker's track record is second to none and we are very much looking forward to working with him in the future," he said.

Mr Baker is married and has two daughters and his interests are golf, horse riding and walking his dog.

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