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New crime commissioner pays tribute to departing chief

I would like to thank Simon for the support he has given me to date.

“It is not by accident that Suffolk is one of the safest counties; Simon has led Suffolk Constabulary through some testing financial times and I applaud him for his commitment to the Constabulary.

“I now look forward to recruiting a new Chief Constable to work with me to continue to shape our policing service to meet the challenge of keeping all Suffolk’s communities safe.”

– Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner, Suffolk

Suffolk police chief to retire

Suffolk’s Chief Constable has announced that he will retire next year.

Simon Ash has completed more than 30 years of service as a police officer in Kent, Hertfordshire and Suffolk.

He joined Suffolk Police as Chief Constable in 2007.

“My contract with Suffolk was due to come to an end earlier in the year but I decided to remain in post to oversee the transition to the Police and Crime Commissioner.

“With the election behind us, it now seems an appropriate time to hand over to a new Chief Constable, who can take the Constabulary forward with the new Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore.”

“I will be working with Tim to support him through his first three months.

– Simon Ash, Chief Constable, Suffolk