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Gwent chief constable announces retirement

PCC described him as a hard act to follow
Published - 13/04/2017 By - John Toner - Police Oracle

The chief constable of Gwent Police is to retire.

Jeff Farrar took on the role permanently in November 2013 after initially carrying it out in a temporary capacity.

He began his career in policing as a constable in Cardiff 35 years ago and later joined Gwent Police in 2009 as assistant chief.

During his career CC Farrar commanded a number of large scale events including the 2014 NATO summit, two FA Cup and League Cup finals and The Ryder Cup in 2010.

He is the NPCC Lead for Crime Statistics and was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the 2014 Birthday Honours.

Thanking the Chief Constable for his positive contribution to policing, Gwent PCC Jeff Cuthbert, said: “His contribution to policing and wellbeing within Gwent has been outstanding and he has served Gwent Police and the people of Gwent with great distinction during his time of service.

“He has done a fantastic job and has shown that he is a strong leader who has the support of officers, staff as well as our partners in the community.

“He will be a very hard act to follow and I am confident that he will continue to play a leading role in public life, but in a different capacity."

CC Farrar oversaw significant change in Gwent Police including £42 million in budget cuts and an 18-month period in which the force went from ‘requiring improvement’ to ‘good’ in its overall HMIC ratings.

Reflecting on his time in charge CC Farrar described being in post as an ‘extreme’ privilege.

He said: “I have been very extremely privileged to have served as the chief constable of Gwent for the last four years and would like to thank the current Police and Crime Commissioner, Jeff Cuthbert, and the former Police and Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnston, for their advice and support whilst I have been in the role.

“The last four years have presented countless challenges, but I am confident that my successor will inherit a more effective and efficient force. 

“I have been proud to serve in the police for the last 35 years and will miss many friends and colleagues inside and outside the service, but always remain immensely proud of all those people that service the communities here and across the country every day.”

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