New Chief Constable of Kent Police

New Chief Constable of Kent Police

Current Deputy Chief Constable Alan Pughsley will become the new chief constable of Kent Police on 4th January 2014, taking over from current Chief Constable Ian Learmouth.

Kent Police Alan Pughsley and Ann Barnes

Above: To-be chief constable Alan Pughsley with Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes (image source)

Current Chief Constable Ian Learmouth will be retiring on 4th January, passing the baton onto his replacement. Alan Pughsley was one of three candidates competing for the top cop job when Chief Learmouth announced his retirement in October.

Deputy Chief Constable Alan Pughsley commented “It’s an absolute privilege to be offered this role and have the opportunity to lead an excellent police force”. He added “I’m really looking forward to starting on January 4”.

Alan Pughsley joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1984 and gained expertise in murder investigations, drug related crimes, firearms and armed robbery. He also worked at Surrey Police as a detective superintendent before returning to the Metropolitan Police as a borough commander in Lewisham, where he was responsible for 640 police officers and 180 police staff. He worked to deliver national crime reduction targets and deliver improvements to customer confidence. (Source = Kent Police)

He joined Kent Police in 2009 as assistant chief constable for specialist operations, heading up the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate. Then in March 2011 he took on the role of deputy chief constable.

Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, commented: “I am absolutely delighted that the appointment has been confirmed today. I am looking forward to working closely with Alan once he is in post” (source =