Deputy Chief Constable Ian Shannon to retire from North Wales Police

Ian Shannon
Image caption Deputy Chief Constable Ian Shannon plans to study for a doctorate

One of North Wales Police's most senior officers is retiring after almost 32 years of service for three forces.

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Shannon, who has been in the role since 2009, has also worked for the Metropolitan and Merseyside forces.

He was North Wales Police's acting chief constable for a few months until Mark Polin's arrival in November 2009.

He said he now planned to pursue a "long held desire" to study for a doctorate.

"I have been fortunate to have enjoyed a great career with the police service and I am very proud to have served with some excellent colleagues," he said.

"I have the utmost respect and gratitude for the work they do for the communities of north Wales in delivering a first class service, whatever the challenges and risks that they face."

Mr Polin described his colleague as a "consummate professional" and said he wanted to publicly thank him for his support.

"The force has been through some challenging times in recent years and Ian's contribution to continuing to increase public safety in north Wales has been invaluable," he said.

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