Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police, Simon Cole, announces his retirement
The longest-serving chief constable in the UK will step down from Rutland's police force in the spring.
Simon Cole has been the head of Leicestershire Police since 2010.
He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s Honours in 2014, and the Sir Robert Peel medal for problem-solving policing from the University of Cambridge in 2021.
A recruitment process for his successor will begin shortly.
Chief Constable Cole said: “I am proud to have served with officers, staff and volunteers who give so much every day. I would like to thank my colleagues for their tireless dedication, commitment and professionalism.
“Every day for more than a decade their unstoppable acts of bravery, compassion and determination have motivated me. They have reminded me daily why I became a police officer and the positive difference it makes.
"It has been a privilege to lead this force in such a vibrant city and two stunningly beautiful counties.
“In particular, I am proud to have been able to strengthen Leicestershire Police by making it more representative of the people and communities we serve. I know that commitment and hard work will continue.
“In my time as Chief Constable I have seen and experienced the full breadth of what policing is expected to do (and the unexpected too!): from Covid lockdowns and high-profile emergency incidents, to Premier League celebrations, and even the re-interment of a medieval king.
“Throughout, however, I have been happiest when I’ve seen how the force has delivered good service to the public and built trust in neighbourhoods and communities - whether it’s been safeguarding young people, tackling complex investigations, bringing county lines gangs and domestic abusers to justice, or just having a chat over a samosa or a pork pie at a local event."
Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, Rupert Matthews, said: “On behalf of the residents of our city and two counties, I would like to formally thank the chief constable for 12 years of exceptional service.
"His commitment has, throughout that period, been unswerving and we live in a safer place thanks to his leadership.”