Cleveland's Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer announces retirement

Chief Constable Cheer Credit: Cleveland Police

Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer has announced her retirement from policing after 32 years of service. Her current contract ends in March 2016.

Mrs Cheer began her career in 1984 as a police constable for Essex Police, where she became Assistant and Deputy Chief Constable for Suffolk Constabulary. A move to Cleveland in 2011 as Temporary Chief Constable saw her appointed permanently in April 2013. She took on the role of national lead for England and Wales in 2014.

Jacqui Cheer has faced and dealt with a number of difficult challenges. Reflecting on her time at Cleveland so far, she says some of her proudest moments are 'steering the organisation through the impact of Operation Sacristy, facing and dealing with the backlog of Coroner’s Inquests, and leading the force during a time of austerity and budget constraints.'

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has commented on his relationship with Chief Constable Cheer:

Cleveland Police says announcements for the process to appoint a new Chief Constable will be made in due course.