Suffolk’s Chief Constable Douglas Paxton to retire

Suffolk chief constable, Douglas Paxton, visits Lowestoft town centre in 2013. Picture: Denise Bradl

Suffolk chief constable, Douglas Paxton, visits Lowestoft town centre in 2013. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant 2013

Suffolk's Chief Constable, Douglas Paxton, has decided to retire at the end of the month after being on sick leave since December last year.

Mr Paxton returned to the county in March 2013 to take up the role of Chief Constable having been appointed by Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore.

He previously served in the ranks of Constable to Superintendent between 1989 and 2002.

After leaving Suffolk 13 years ago he worked in West Midlands and Staffordshire Police Forces.

Mr Paxton was popular with, and highly-respected by, the officers who served under him in Suffolk.

He will officially leave the constabulary on November 30.

On making the announcement, Mr Paxton, said 'It has been the highlight of my career to return to Suffolk and serve alongside colleagues old and new as their Chief Constable. I have had the privilege of serving alongside some of the most dedicated and talented policing professionals in the best Constabulary in the country.

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'As I move into retirement I want to wish the Police and Crime Commissioner and my deputy, Gareth Wilson, every success as they take on the challenge of resourcing and shaping the Constabulary to meet the challenges of the future.'

Mr Passmore said: 'I would like to take this opportunity to thank Douglas for his contribution to policing in Suffolk and I wish him well in his retirement.

'Gareth Wilson will continue as Temporary Chief Constable until a permanent appointment is made, supported by Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, Steve Jupp and Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Kearton.'