Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Richard Lewis will be announced as the preferred candidate to become Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys, in Wales, today.
Steve Turner, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, said: “I’ve spoken at length to Richard and know that he wants to move back to Wales for family reasons.
“As a family man myself, I can understand his decision-making and wish him well in his new role.
“Richard has been at the helm of the improvements that we have seen at Cleveland Police and has achieved a great deal in his time here.
“It is now my responsibility to find a successor who can continue to build on these plans and further improve service delivery to local people.
“Having spent time with operational teams in my first few months in office, I know that everyone has a strong desire to provide the best level of service to victims and to bring perpetrators to justice.
“I will be recruiting for a Chief Constable who supports this ethos as an ethical and strong leader and who is committed to reducing serious violence in homes and on our streets.
“I know how well-regarded Richard is by the workforce, partner agencies and communities.
“I will leave no stone unturned to find the right Chief Constable, who shares my passion for the area and who will help me put the pride back into Cleveland Police.”