An officer from the Metropolitan Police has been confirmed as the new Chief Constable of Essex.
Stephen Kavanagh was born in Essex and grew up in the county where he still lives with his wife and son. He will take over in May from Jim Barker-McCardle who is retiring for personal reasons.
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Fewer complaints were recorded against Kent Police, Sussex Police and Essex Police between 2011/12.
- Essex Police received 838 complaints in 2011/12, 880 complaints were recorded against the force in 2010/2011, a fall of 5%.
- Kent Police received 742 complaints in 2011/2012, 778 complaints were recorded against the force in 2010/2011, a fall of 5%.
- Sussex Police received 706 complaints in 2011/2012, 745 complaints were recorded against the force in 2010/2011, a fall of 5%.
Two men who ran a sophisticated operation to steal cars worth hundreds of thousands of pounds have been sentenced to nine years in prison.
Jonathan Fiddimore and David Brown, formerly known as Steven Fiddimore, stole high value cars from domestic addresses and car parks across the South East. They broke the cars down for parts which they then sold online.
The convictions follow a lengthy investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Unit at Kent Police and Essex Police.