Candidates face contest for Chief Constable job
POLICE in Devon and Cornwall will learn on Wednesday who their new boss will be, Keith Rossiter reports.
Five candidates were originally thought to be in the running for the job.
The BBC reported today that four hopefuls had been shortlisted and were facing a tough selection process today.
Shaun Sawyer, has been acting Chief Constable since last year.
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The force had to wait for last November's election of Tony Hogg as Police and Crime Commissioner before the process of appointing a Chief Constable could begin.
The nomination will need to be approved by the Police and Crime Commissioner's watchdog, the Police and Crime panel, which will meet on February 8.
A spokesman for Mr Hogg refused to give any information about the shortlisted candidates. According to the BBC the three candidates are:
Rob Beckley: Now deputy Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police.
He joined the Metropolitan Police in 1986 and worked as assistant Chief Constable at Hertfordshire Constabulary before being appointed deputy at Avon and Somerset in 2007.
Simon Chesterman: Now deputy Chief Constable of West Mercia Police.
Mr Chesterman joined the Thames Valley Police in 1984. He was appointed assistant Chief Constable at West Mercia in 2007 and become deputy Chief Constable in 2011.
In 2001 he led an enquiry into the theft of the Enigma machine from Bletchley Park Museum.
Craig Denholm: Now deputy Chief Constable of Surrey Police.
Mr Denholm joined the Metropolitan Police in 1984 and was appointed deputy Chief Constable of Surrey Police in 2009.
Shaun Sawyer, acting Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police.
Mr Sawyer started his policing career in 1986, and was a uniformed officer in central London.
He was the lead Metropolitan Police investigating officer at the Ladbroke Grove Rail Disaster and joined Devon and Cornwall as deputy in April 2010.