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Direct entry superintendent returns to her first force as ACC

Hampshire Constabulary has appointed Maggie Blyth as their new Assistant Chief Constable - the first direct entry superintendent to be appointed to chief officer rank
Published - 18/05/2020 By - Chloe Livadeas

ACC Blyth is currently serving the same role with Wiltshire Police. She started her policing career as a direct-entry Superintendent with Hampshire in November 2016 in the role of District Commander for Portsmouth.

She was appointed to Wiltshire ACC in 2019 after only three years in policing and is the first graduate of the scheme to be appointed to chief officer level.

The Superintendent direct entry scheme, launched in 2014, was paused by the College of Policing in December 2019 due to lack of interest by forces, with only two participating the previous year.

ACC Blyth spent six months as a PC before being promoted to Inspector and then Superintendent with an annual salary of £62,000.

Prior to joining the force, ACC Blyth held roles as a senior leader in the public sector, with a focus on youth justice and child protection.

She was Independent Chair of Safeguarding Children Boards, including Kent, Oxfordshire and Hampshire & Isle Wight.

ACC Blythe said: “I am delighted to be returning to Hampshire as an Assistant Chief Constable.

“I started my career with the force and am looking forward to working again with some fantastic colleagues – both officers and staff – across the county.

“Community policing and public protection is at the core of what we do in policing, and I am proud to be appointed in Hampshire, where tackling high harm crime and looking after the most vulnerable is important.

“Reducing harm in communities and reducing high risk has been a top priority throughout my career.”

Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said: “I am delighted to announce that Maggie will be returning to Hampshire Constabulary as an Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing and Public Protection.

“She already has an excellent understanding of our force, having been a district commander in Portsmouth and we are looking forward to her taking up her new post.

“Having worked with Maggie, I know her exceptional leadership skills, partnership and vulnerability background will be a great benefit to the force.”

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