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Hampshire has a new DCC and Cleveland has opened its chief constable recruitment process.
Published - 03/09/2021 By - Chris Smith

A graduate of the FBI’s training academy is the new Deputy Chief Constable for Hampshire.

Ben Snuggs starts in the role today replacing DCC Sara Glen, who is shortly retiring after thirty years of service. 

He will be taking responsibility for performance, ethical standards, force risk, inspection plus learning and development. 

The force’s announcement also revealed he will be leading on planning, resourcing and delivering transformational change within the force’s allocated budget.

He is also the chair of the Forensic Information Databases Strategy Board on behalf of the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

A graduate of law and the FBI Academy, he joined the force in 1996. As DCI at the force, he led work to tackle domestic violence which included taking part in a pilot scheme to reduce bureaucracy.

Since 2017 he has had the joint role between Hampshire and Thames Valley Police as Assistant Chief Constable. As part of this, he was the operational commander for the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

In 2009 he served in Afghanistan as a European Union Police Mission civilian police advisor to the Minister of the Interior. As DCI at the force, he led work to tackle domestic violence which included taking part in a pilot scheme to reduce bureaucracy.

DCC Snugg said: “I know how passionate the officers and staff I work alongside are about preventing crime and supporting victims. My job is to ensure we all have the right focus and harness that commitment to deliver the best possible service to the public.

"Hampshire's where my heart is, it's where my home is and why I'm really excited about being the Deputy Chief Constable and serving all of our communities.” 

His first priorities will be working with the force’s Police and Crime Commissioner to agree priorities and ensure the force is ready for the Uplift recruits.

Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said: “The first of our 600 new officers are starting to hit the streets, public expectations are high, and the Police and Crime Commissioner is developing her new Police and Crime Plan.

"With policing becoming more complex, the role of deputy is even more crucial in ensuring we can continue to deliver the best service we can with the resources we have. Having a deputy who lives and breathes Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, and is so victim focused, is the perfect match.” 

Also this week, Cleveland opened applications to be the new Chief Constable.

The force has the highest crime rate in the country and the second-highest arrest rate. It’s also number one for anti-social behaviour.

The contract is fixed for five years and the salary has been boosted by Cleveland’s PCC from £149,913 to £164,904.

PCC Steve Turner said: “The communities of Cleveland deserve a first class, efficient and effective police force. Thanks to the hard work already started in Cleveland, we’re already seeing improvements.

“What we need now is the right person to ensure Cleveland becomes a force that police officers, staff and volunteers can be truly proud of.”

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