Assistant chief constable of Lincolnshire Police takes up role at Leicestershire force

The temporary assistant chief constable of Lincolnshire Police has taken up a role at a neighbouring force.

Roger Bannister, who joined Lincolnshire Police in 1988, will take up his new role as assistant chief constable (crime) at Leicestershire Police in mid-June.

Mr Bannister has held the role at Lincolnshire Police since 2010, having progressed through the ranks in uniformed operations and criminal investigation roles.

In March 2012, he graduated from the strategic command course.

Mr Bannister said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Leicestershire Police. I have worked with the force on a number of occasions over the years and always found its officers and staff highly professional and talented.

“I feel privileged to join a really strong chief officer team and police and crime commissioner in continuing to deliver an excellent policing service to the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.”

Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Neil Rhodes said Mr Bannister’s move will be a “real loss”.

He said: “I am confident it is the right thing in relation to his career development and Leicestershire is gaining a tremendous asset.”

Phil Kay, currently a chief superintendent with West Midlands Police, will also transfer to Leicestershire Police as assistant chief constable (operations).

Mr Kay has been an officer for 24 years and has worked for Northumbria and West Midlands Police. He also graduated from the strategic command course earlier this year.

The pair will replace assistant chief constable Steph Morgan and temporary assistant chief constable Chris Thomas, who will both retire from the service.