THE CHIEF constable of Essex Police will leave in May 2013.
The police crime commissioner for Essex, Nick Alston has issued a statement.
“A few weeks ago, Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle made clear his intention to step down from the force for personal reasons. Jim and I have now agreed that he will leave Essex Police on May 3, 2013.
“As Police and Crime Commissioner, I have decided that we will start the search for the next Chief Constable of Essex Police with immediate effect. I will be doing my utmost to ensure that Essex has the opportunity to recruit a first class Chief Constable from a range of high calibre candidates.
“Jim has been a fine Chief Constable, constantly striving to deliver the best possible policing service to all the communities of Essex. I am delighted that Jim has agreed to lead Essex Police well into next year, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with him.”