Chief Constable announces retirement

4th April 2019

The chief constable of Gwent Police has announced that he will retire at the end of June 2019.

Chief Constable Julian Williams

“It has been a huge privilege to work in Gwent Police for the last 5 years and a real honour to be the Chief Constable of the force for 2 years.

“I have always been impressed by the commitment, energy and professionalism displayed by my colleagues in the force, who despite very challenging circumstances, always strive to put the public first in everything they do.

“Recent years have seen the force adapt to rising demand and a challenging financial picture, with the changes made ensuring that the force is in a very strong position to deal with the complexities of serious crime, vulnerability and public confidence.

“The Police and Crime Commissioner, Jeff Cuthbert, has been extremely supportive during my time as Chief and his Police and Crime Plan demonstrates his commitment to further improving the service we provide.

“I am extremely proud to be a police officer and consider myself lucky to have conducted my 30 years’ service within Wales, serving communities I know really well.

“I have assured the Commissioner that I remain committed to providing the highest level of service I can, until I retire from the force at the end of June.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert

“I understand the reasons why Julian Williams has decided to retire but I must say that I am sorry that he has decided to do so.

“Julian has been a very effective leader of Gwent Police and has displayed professionalism, tempered with compassion, at all times.  I will miss him being at the helm of Gwent Police greatly.

“Julian has demonstrated his clear commitment to protecting the most vulnerable in our communities and his decision to create a special unit to help eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery is an excellent example.

“I am sure there will be many opportunities for him to continue to contribute positively to Welsh public life in the future, although in a different capacity.  

“I intend to advertise for a new Chief Constable in the next week.  A robust, fair and transparent selection process will follow, culminating with a Confirmation Hearing in front of the Police and Crime Panel.”

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