Chief Constable stands down

The Avon & Somerset Police Chief Constable has confirmed he will stand down in July this year. Andy Marsh has confirmed he will not be seeking to extend his contract.

He started his career at Avon and Somerset Police in 1987. Taking on both operational and detective roles he served first in South Bristol and then Somerset East. He went onto serve as Assistant Chief Constable at Wiltshire Police and then Avon and Somerset Police. He was appointed first as a Chief Constable for Hampshire Police.

He took on the the Chief Constable role at Avon and Somerset Police in February 2016.

He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2018. In the same year he was recognised by Women of the Future in its list of 50 ‘Kind Leaders’.

He notes that “It’s been the honour of a lifetime to lead a force filled with officers, staff and volunteers who live and breathe our values of being a caring, courageous, inclusive and a learning-led organisation. I’m very proud of their achievements and the work they do every day to serve and protect the public.”

On 6 May we will have elections for a new Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC). Sue Mountstevens, the current PCC, will not be a candidate. After five years of Ms Mountstevens and Andy Marsh at the helm, there will be a complete change at the top of our policing pyramid.

In a statement Sue Mountstevens told us “Andy Marsh has been an outstanding Chief and has lead his team, with courage. Through some particularly challenging times for policing – including austerity and the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Constable Marsh has achieved an incredible amount during his tenure. This includes moving Avon and Somerset Police service to the forefront of innovation. Both in digital development and data management to bring policing into the modern age. He has also championed legitimacy and transparency by pioneering the use of Body Worn Video by his officers. He welcomed independent scrutiny from our communities and creating a supportive learning culture within the service.  I am fortunate, proud and privileged to have been the PCC of Avon & Somerset. And to have worked with such an esteemed leader who has devoted his career to serving the public.

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  • I had the great privilege to be acquainted with Andy Marsh when District Commander for Somerset East, apparent then higher achievement. He follows in a line of ‘dedicated’ professionals, imbued in the late Kenneth Steel ‘mould’! I’m happy to record the incumbent Police & Crime Commissioner has had my vote; an excemplar in ‘community’ out-reach ‘bottom’ up, a hard act to follow indeed, free of ‘party’ politics, as should be.

    Ours a ‘police’ family my eldest ‘sibling’ having ‘sacrificed’ his life in the service of the then Bristol Constabulary; witnessed against USA ‘policing’ count our blessings.

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