Gareth Wilson lined up as Suffolk’s new police chief constable

Gareth Wilson and Tim Passmore ANL-151223-122947001
Gareth Wilson and Tim Passmore ANL-151223-122947001

Suffolk’s temporary police chief constable has been lined up to take on the role permanently.

Deputy chief constable Gareth Wilson had been filling in since February for Douglas Paxton, who recently retired following a lengthy period of sick leave.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner, and an appointments panel chose Mr Wilson following a ‘rigorous’ selection process on December 18.

He said: “I am very pleased to propose Gareth Wilson as the next chief constable of Suffolk.

“This was a unanimous decision by the interview panel. Gareth was a strong candidate, and impressed us with his energy, drive and leadership qualities. Gareth has given a long-term commitment to Suffolk, which is particularly important as we devise our long-term plan for the next five years, in line with our Police and Crime Plan.”

Mr Wilson joined Suffolk Police in July 2014 as deputy chief constable.

He was assistant chief constable at Norfolk Police from 2012, serving as the collaborative lead for protective services in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Prior to this Gareth spent 23 years with Essex Police in a mix of both CID and uniformed roles. He is the national lead for Police Dogs and is eastern regional lead for Disaster Victim Identification.

Mr Wilson has completed a degree, post graduate certificate in business excellence and master’s degree in public enterprise and management.

His appointment is due to be confirmed at the Police and Crime Panel’s Chief Constable Confirmation Hearing, which is a public meeting, at Endeavour House, in Ipswich, at 10.30pm on Wednesday, January 6.

The appointment panel was made up of Mr Passmore, Dr Stephen Dunn, chief executive at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust; Alan Ridealgh, group managing director at Muntons PLC and Gill Lewis, independent member, College of Policing.