Glos Police appoint first female chief officer

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By RupertJ | Monday, June 18, 2012, 22:01

The first female Chief Officer in the history of Gloucestershire Constabulary has been appointed.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Sally Crook has been appointed by Gloucestershire Police Authority and took up her position on Tuesday 12 June 2012.

Sally, 47, is the only current Chief Officer to have spent all of her service with Gloucestershire Constabulary, joining the organisation in 1985.

Her early years of service were spent in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds, before joining the CID in 1989.  From that point onwards, Sally has worked as a detective at every rank in Gloucestershire Constabulary, spending just a short period of time away from the force on secondment to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

As a Detective Inspector she formed Gloucestershire's first Child Protection Unit and, from there, went on to work on a project introducing child witness evidence into the criminal justice system in Cuba.

Throughout her career she has led numerous major investigations and is an accredited firearms and CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radioactive & Nuclear) Commander. Most recently, Sally was the Gold Co-ordinator during last summer's disturbances in Gloucester.

Sally's role as Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, Organisation, will see her responsible for a large portfolio ranging from the teams responsible for the public's first contact with the police through to Criminal Justice and Professional Standards.

Sally said she was delighted to have been appointed: "I feel very honoured to take up this position. I have been a Gloucestershire officer for the whole of my career - working as a detective at every rank in this force - so it is an enormous privilege.

"Policing is in the midst of an unprecedented amount of change, both here in Gloucestershire and nationally, but I feel we are as well-placed for the future as we possibly can be.

"I'm looking forward to working as part of a team which I know is committed to providing a service which continues to keep people safe from harm across the county. It is crucial that the public remain confident in our ability to do so, whatever changes may take place in policing."

Chief Constable Mick Matthews said he was delighted with the appointment: "This is a well-deserved promotion and one which I think is crucial at this time because it provides the organisation with some much-needed stability and continuity.

"I am committed to ensuring we have an effective command capability in the force during what are extraordinarily challenging times, both operationally and organisationally, and Sally will be a great asset to that team."

Sally has been appointed to the position of Temporary Assistant Chief Constable for 12 months initially.



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