– David Laws MP, Yeovil
I am very sad to hear that Colin Port is standing down as Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Constabulary. Colin has been an outstanding Chief Constable over the last seven years and we will not find it easy to replace him with a person of such professionalism, integrity and quality of performance.
The new Police and Crime Commissioners will need to work hard to make sure they retain senior officers of high quality so that we don’t lose some of the top performers within our police service.
Avon and Somerset's Police Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens has issued the following in reaction to the statement from Colin Port
– Sue Mountstevens, PCC Avon and Somerset
Everyone is aware that the Chief Constable’s contract expires on January 26, because of that I would like to run a competitive process to appoint a Chief Constable for my whole term of office. It was his choice not to apply but I know that he will continue to do great things and I wish him the very best for the future.
Statement from Colin Port on his decision to leave Avon and Somerset Police
– Colin Port, Chief Constable Avon and Somerset Police
I had a meeting with the Police and Crime Commissioner. She told me she intends to start the process to recruit a Chief Constable to take Avon and Somerset forward. I told her I had no intention of applying for my job.
I am terrifically proud to have led Avon and Somerset Constabulary, whose men and women have delivered so much in partnership with the Police Authority. I am sad to leave and stunned by the many messages of support I have received overnight from police officers and staff, ACPO colleagues, partners and friends of Avon and Somerset Constabulary. To all of them, I say thank you."
Full statement can be found here
– SUE MOUNTSTEVENS, AVON AND SOMERSET PCC
Avon and Somerset’s chief constable Colin Port has made great improvements for this area. He has increased detection rates and reduced crime. He will be greatly missed by staff and partners I know that he will continue to do great things and I wish him every success for the future.
Colin Port, the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police, will leave his position in the new year. The Deputy Chief Constable Rob Beckley take over whilst a recruitment process in run.