New Chief Constable Nick Gargan starts work at Avon and Somerset police
AVON and Somerset police’s new Chief Constable has been on duty for his first day at the helm.
Nick Gargan has replaced Colin Port, who retired after leading the constabulary for eight years.
On his first day, Mr Gargan attended daily officer briefings across the force area and had his first experience of patrolling the streets of Bristol and towns in Somerset.
His early priorities include getting to know his front-line officers and staff, as well as familiarising himself with the crimes they have to tackle in their areas.
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Mr Gargan said: “This is one of the most diverse and interesting forces in the country and it’s a great honour to take up the role of Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset.”
Mr Gargan was appointed by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens in January, ahead of three other short-listed candidates after a rigorous interview process.
He was previously the Chief Constable of the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) and has a wealth of experience as both a “uniformed” officer and a detective.
Mr Gargan started his policing career in 1988 with Leicestershire constabulary.
He was seconded to the National Criminal Intelligence Service, based at the London bureau of Interpol and then the British Embassy in Paris, where he worked on the investigation into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed.
On his return, he took on a number of roles before transferring to Thames Valley Police in 2006 as Assistant Chief Constable.
Meanwhile, commissioner Sue Mountstevens has now served 100 days in the new elected role that replaced the old police authority in holding the constabulary to account and managing its budget.
Mr Gargan added: “It’s coincidental that I should be joining the force on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s 100th day in office, but there is an interesting symbolism in that. In this new world of policing and austerity, partnership is even more crucial.
“The electorate has handed the mandate to the Police and Crime Commissioner, and it’s no longer the chief’s job alone to set the vision, or solve the budget problems.
“The PCC has a pivotal role to play in helping all of us – police, prisons, probation, children's services, health, adult care; there are too many to mention – to find the best, most cost-effective and smartest ways of working together in tackling crime and supporting victims.
“The communities of Avon and Somerset deserve nothing less and I look forward to playing my part in helping to make that happen.”
After appointing Mr Gargan, Ms Mountstevens said: “We had four outstanding candidates, who were all well-qualified to lead the force, but there was a unanimous decision on the interviewing panel for Nick.”