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Gloucestershire Police Chief Constable Suzette Davenport to retire

Suzette Davenport
Image caption Suzette Davenport is to retire after four years in charge

The chief constable of Gloucestershire Police, Suzette Davenport, is to retire later this year.

Ms Davenport, 54, has announced she will leave her role in April after four years in the job and over 30 years in the police service.

She was appointed in 2013, becoming the first female to hold the top role within the Gloucestershire force.

She said being chief constable had been "not only the highlight of my career but the greatest possible honour".

Originally from North Yorkshire, Ms Davenport started her police service with West Mercia Police.

After a short spell at the Home Office in 2005 she was appointed Assistant Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police, and in May 2007 transferred to the West Midlands where she led intelligence and neighbourhood policing.

She has been the national lead for roads policing in England and Wales for eight years, was vice president of the British Association for Women in Policing (BAWP) and was awarded the Queen's Policing Medal in 2016.

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