New assistant chief at Suffolk

Suffolk Police has appointed a new assistant chief constable.

Rachel Kearton, who has most recently been based in Turkey on secondment with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, will join the force this summer and lead local policing.

Her appointment follows the retirement of Tim Newcomb in 2013, with Temporary ACC David Skevington having held the position in the interim.

ACC Kearton began her career at West Yorkshire Police in 1989 before joining Northumbria Police in 2007 where she held various roles including head of the specialist uniform policing services, leading units including roads policing and firearms and head of the force’s HR department.

Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said he was delighted to welcome ACC Kearton.

“Rachel is an exceptional candidate and I’m delighted to welcome her to Suffolk Police and to the command team,” he said.

“She has a wealth of experience in policing and a real drive to draw on this to ensure Suffolk Constabulary continues to deliver an excellent service to the public.

“Rachel’s appointment provides additional skills and resilience to the chief officer team which is well placed to lead the organisation through this period of transformation.”

ACC Kearton, who was Executive Assistant to the Ambassador during her three years in Turkey, said: “I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to work for Suffolk Constabulary and to bring my experience from working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office back into policing.

“I hope others may take encouragement from my appointment to assistant chief constable, to know that different ways of working are valued within policing in order to deliver the best service possible to the people of Suffolk.”

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said he was confident the new appointment would benefit Suffolk during a period of transformation.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Rachel to Suffolk. She has considerable policing and business experience and I’m confident she will complement the team very well, bringing a fresh perspective to the role,” he said.

“Rachel joins us at a time of considerable change and I’m sure she will bring a wealth of knowledge and ideas to support us in this work, as we continue to make Suffolk a safer place in which to live, work, travel and invest.”

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