New top cop takes over from first woman chief

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE’S first woman Chief Constable, Julia Hodson, who retired last week, has been praised for the ‘resolute and passionate’ way she did her job.

Hucknall’s Coun Mick Murphy (Con), who is Notts County Council’s lead member for community safety, said the council had enjoyed a good relationship with Ms Hodson.

The miner’s daughter from Derbyshire faced a tough challenge when leadership of the force was branded ‘weak’ by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in a 2010 report.

But John Clarke, a member of and former chairman of Notts Police Authority, said Ms Hodson had responded to the challenge with dignity and determination. She launched a 90-day blitz on crime and worked with the Association of Chief Police Officers to introduce elected police and crime commissioners.

“She took what some people perceived to be a failing police force into a modern era and got a grip on what had been a legacy of under-performance,” said Nottingham East Labour MP Chris Leslie.

“A decade ago people across the country talked about a Nottingham reputation for crime but I feel that has really changed.”

Ms Hodson has been succeeded by Chris Eyre, who has hitherto filled the role in an acting capacity.