Herefordshire Police Chief Heads For Pastures New
The senior police officer who has been in charge of policing in Herefordshire for the last two years will be moving on at the end of this week.
On Monday 15 October, Superintendent Charlie Hill - who became Police Commander for the county in September 2010 - is starting a new role in Operational Support, (combining Operations and Communications Centres, Firearms Licensing and Criminal Justice), covering both West Mercia and Warwickshire Police areas across the Alliance between the two forces.
Superintendent Hill will hand over the reins to Superintendent Ivan Powell, who is moving from his previous posting as West Mercia Police's Crime Manager to take charge of policing in Herefordshire.
Speaking about his time in Herefordshire, Superintendent Hill said:
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working in Herefordshire and am sad to be moving on. However, this move is a good opportunity for me and in Superintendent Powell I know I leave the county in safe hands policing wise. He is well known locally and as this county is home to him; he is the perfect fit the role.
"There have been many highlights during my time in Hereford but I think the main one was the hugely successfully Diamond Day celebrations that took place earlier this year. To see so many local people in the city safely celebrating the visit of Her Majesty the Queen was very rewarding.
"On a similar note, the Olympic torch relay through the county was another highlight and 2012 has certainly been a great year on many levels locally and nationally.
"I am also very proud that I leave my post with recorded crime lower than it has been for several years and solved crime also up. Across the board levels of crime have reduced and I know Superintendent Powell will work extremely hard to ensure this remains the case.
"I'd like to thank all the Herefordshire police officers and staff for their hard work while I have been in Herefordshire. I would also to thank all the partner agencies I have worked with - such as Herefordshire Council - for all the co-operation and assistance they have offered during my time as Police Commander in the county.
"However, most importantly, I'd like to thank the people of Herefordshire for all the support they have shown my staff during my time here because without their co-operation we would not be able to police the county in the way that we do.
"Herefordshire is a fantastic county to live, work and study in and I will always have happy memories of my time as Police Commander here."