New chief constable set to be unveiled

Sara Thornton, the outgoing chief constable of Thames Valley Police.
Sara Thornton, the outgoing chief constable of Thames Valley Police.

Thames Valley Police’s new chief has been chosen.

Francis Habgood, the force’s current deputy chief constable, has been picked for the role by Police & Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld.

His appointment is subject to a confirmation hearing by the Police and Crime Panel on March 27.

The current chief constable Sara Thornton will leave her current role to become the first chairwoman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council on April 1.

Francis Habgood joined Thames Valley 11 years ago as assistant chief constable (specialist operations), and was was promoted to deputy chief constable in October 2008.

He previously served with West Yorkshire Police, working in a number of operational roles in the Leeds area and rising to divisional commander for the north west area of Leeds.

He has done an excellent job as deputy chief constable and I look forward to working with him in the future

Mr Stansfeld said: “I am delighted to announce that Francis Habgood is my preferred candidate to be appointed as the next chief constable for Thames Valley.

“He has done an excellent job as deputy chief constable and I look forward to working with him in the future.”