New chief constable named for Kent

Alan Pughsley has been named as the preferred candidate for the new Chief Constable of Kent.

New chief constable of Kent confirmed

Alan Pughsley will be the new chief constable of Kent Credit: Lindsey Parnaby/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The new chief constable of Kent has been confirmed. Alan Pughsley, who has been deputy chief constable since March 2011, will take the helm on January 4 following the retirement of Ian Learmonth.

Mr Pughsley joined Kent Police in April 2009 as assistant chief constable for specialist operations, heading the joint Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

He was one of three candidates vying for the chief constable role, according to Kent police and crime commissioner Ann Barnes, who announced his appointment.

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Kent's new top cop named

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Alan Pughsley set to be the new chief constable of Kent Credit: Lindsey Parnaby/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Alan Pughsley is set to become the next Chief Constable of Kent after being named as the preferred candidate by crime commissioner, Ann Barnes.

Mr Pughsley is currently the Deputy Chief Constable. His appointment will await confirmation from the Police and Crime Panel on December 20.