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Head of Humberside Police agrees 'to make way for new chief'

PCC had warned that Justine Curran's job was not safe
Published - 20/02/2017 By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle

Humberside Chief Constable Justine Curran has announced her retirement after just under 29 years in policing.

The senior officer has “agreed to make way for a new chief constable” according to a statement from Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter.

Mr Hunter had warned last year that she needed to improve standards at the force as soon as possible, and said in a radio interview that her job was not safe.

The former Tayside Police chief had a retirement date scheduled for September 2018.

CC Curran said in a statement that she is leaving as she thinks it is time to let someone else “deliver the aims” of Mr Hunter’s police and crime plan.

She added: “It was not an easy decision to leave something that I am passionate about and have given huge commitment to. I am proud of the significant impact we have achieved working every day to make Humberside safer and stronger. Humberside remains a very safe place to live, work and visit.

CC Curran served in GMP, Merseyside and the former Tayside force before taking over as Humberside chief in 2013. She has also been national police lead for public order.

The force achieved HMIC’s first ever “inadequate” rating in a PEEL inspection in 2015, though was said to have improved in the 2016 round.

The PCC, a retired chief superintendent, said: “Justine Curran has given almost four years’ service to Humberside Police and prior to that has served in a number of other forces, including a period as chief constable of Tayside Police in Scotland.

“It is a mark of her commitment to Humberside Police and the public it serves that she has agreed to make way for a new chief constable who can tackle the continuing challenges the force faces, including those identified by HMIC in their reports over the last few years. As Police and Crime Commissioner, I wish her well and thank her for her service to the Force.

“I am committed to tackling the issues Humberside Police faces as I made clear when I was elected. I now want to move swiftly to appoint a new chief constable who can lead Humberside Police on the next stage of its development.”

Her departure is immediate and Deputy Chief Constable Garry Forsyth has been put in temporary charge of the force.

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