Exclusive: Milton Keynes’ top police chief to step down

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Milton Keynes police area commander Barry Halliday is stepping down from his post to be replaced by the boss of Aylesbury police, the Citizen can exclusively reveal.

Barry Halliday has been off sick from work for 12 weeks and is leaving for health reasons.

But Thames Valley Police kept mum about his departure - despite the fact that Aylesbury police announced on Wednesday their commander Gez Chiariello was taking over Mr Halliday’s position.

It was only as a result of Citizen questions that a statement confirming the change of area commander was prepared.

Mr Chiarello has been in the Aylesbury job for just seven months. He said he was told “out of the blue” three weeks ago he was being moved to MK.

He said: “It’s just the way things happen sometimes.

“But there is nothing untoward about it, I’m just moving elsewhere and it’s about numbers across the force.

“I’m just a number within the organisation and there’s only a certain number of people within my rank. It is slightly unusual in the sense that I have only been in Aylesbury for seven months, but it’s not unusual to move posts.”

Barry Halliday, who is 48, joined the force at the age of 18 and worked his way up through the ranks.