Hampshire's departing Chief Constable Alex Marshall has told the media "It'll be a real wrench" to leave the county.
His words follow the announcement by the Home Secretary this morning, that he's leaving the force to take up a position as Chief Executive of the new National College of Policing.
Mr Marshall will retain the rank of Chief Constable in the role. The date for Mr Marshall’s departure from Hampshire Constabulary is not yet confirmed, but is likely to be early 2013.
The selection and appointment of a new Chief Constable will be made by the Police and Crime Commissioner, who will be selected in a public election in November.
During his four years with the force, Mr Marshall has overseen the successful roll-out of mobile data technology.
As part of this, Hampshire has been lauded nationally as best practice in its pioneering use of mobile fingerprinting technology.
Mr Marshall is also the national ACPO lead for the National Police Air Service. He received the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2009 Birthday Honours list.
In October 2012, he was selected to become the Chief Executive of the College of Policing, a new national body that will be operational in December 2012 and will enhance professionalism in policing.