Bedfordshire chief constable Alf Hitchcock to leave force

Alf Hitchcock Alf Hitchcock took over as chief constable in 2011

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Bedfordshire's chief constable Alf Hitchcock is leaving the force.

Mr Hitchcock has been appointed as the new Chief Constable of the Ministry of Defence Police.

He said he was "incredibly proud" of what staff and officers had achieved since he took charge of the force in January 2011.

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins thanked Mr Hitchcock for his "strong and effective" leadership.

Mr Hitchcock said: "The force has undergone significant change and overcome many challenges over the last two years, but as a result Bedfordshire is a county where crime is reducing, detections are increasing, and public satisfaction in what we do is rising.

"I know that the fantastic colleagues I am leaving will continue to fight crime and protect the public with the commitment and enthusiasm that I have been so proud to have been a part of."

Mr Martins said: "Alf leaves a force that is both cutting crime and delivering rising levels of victim satisfaction with the service they receive from the police.

"So my job now is to secure the best chief constable for Bedfordshire that I can, who will build on the firm foundations that have been laid by Alf, and with whom I look forward to forging a similarly close working relationship."

Mr Hitchock is currently abroad on holiday. His leaving date is yet to be confirmed.

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