Search Begins for New Chief Constable

22nd May 2017

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, has today launched the search for a successor to Chief Constable Jeff Farrar.

Earlier this month Mr Farrar, who has led the Force since 2013, announced that he will be retiring on June 30th 2017 after 35 years of dedicated service to policing. Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert formally started the search for his replacement this morning (Thursday April 27th) with the role being publicised nationwide. As the PCC it is Mr Cuthbert's responsibility to appoint a Chief Constable.

Paying tribute to Jeff Farrar for his service, Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert, said: "It is with regret I received the official notice from the Chief Constable of his intention to retire. I would like to thank Mr Farrar for his efforts in leading the turnaround in the Force's performance in recent years. He leaves us in a well-placed position to meet both current and future demands on the service. I am grateful that he has given me sufficient notice to look for a suitable successor."

The role as the new Chief Constable for Gwent Police is advertised on the Police and Crime Commissioner's website . The appointment will be on a five-year fixed term basis.
Commenting on the qualities he will be looking for in the candidates, Mr Cuthbert said: "I am looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and talented individual to lead Gwent Police and ensure it remains one of the top performing forces in England and Wales. This is an exciting opportunity to deliver community focussed policing in an area of South East Wales with diverse requirements. As with other forces, we face the same significant challenges with regards to the evolving nature of crime and reduced funding from the UK Government. However, this is a chance for someone to provide excellent leadership and continue the work of driving forward a force which is ambitious, progressive and always striving to improve.

I recently launched my Police and Crime Plan for Gwent which has been developed in consultation with the community. My office and I will be working closely with the successful candidate to ensure the vision within the plan to deliver a safer Gwent is achieved. I am looking for someone who understands the importance of partnership working locally, nationally and across the UK and the benefits gained from working with other public services and community groups to protect people, prevent crime and build public confidence."

The closing date for applications is 5pm 18th May 2017. Shortlisting will take place on 22nd May 2017 with a familiarisation day planned for 31st May 2017. Interviews are scheduled to take place on the 6th June 2017. The Gwent Police and Crime Panel will then review the PCC's appointment process and consider Mr Cuthbert's preferred candidate at a confirmation hearing.

Further information and details on how to apply can be found on the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent website