Notts police force announce planned retirement of deputy chief constable

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Police are looking for a new deputy chief constable (DCC)after Paul Scarrott announced he is to retire this June.

Adverts have been posted to start the process to appoint his successor, together with an advert to appoint a new assistant chief constable following the retirement last year of ACC Paul Broadbent.

Mr Scarrott joined the force as ACC (Local Policing) in June 2010 from West Midlands Police and succeeded Chris Eyre as DCC in May last year.

He said the time was right for him to retire after a 30-year career in the service.

“Having completed 30 years of service, I feel the time is right now to retire,” said Mr Scarrott. “It’s been a difficult decision to reach.

“The force has made some astonishing improvements in recent years in reducing crime and enhancing community safety. But it is still on a journey in terms of performance improvement and reorganisation, all against the backdrop of stringent financial circumstances.

“However, having lived away from home for three years I very much want to spend more time at home with my wife and to see more of my children, and, a difficult decision though this has been, I feel it is the right one.”

Chief Constable Chris Eyre said: “In the three years Paul has been with the force he has played an immeasurable role, as ACC in transforming our local policing service and as DCC in leading the programme of reorganisation and change.

“He has dedicated his adult life to serving the public, with great integrity, dedication and professionalism, and on both a local, regional and national stage, his departure will be felt.”