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Current Deputy Chief Constable Alex Murray is to lead West Mercia Police whilst the search for a permanent replacement is identified.

With Chief Constable Pippa Mills leaving the force on Sunday 22 October, the PCC has now begun the process of identifying a permanent Chief Constable who is focused on delivering on the public’s policing priorities, driving down crime and spending taxpayers’ money wisely.

PCC John Campion said: “I know that Alex Murray will be the leader the force, and public, needs to take it through this transitional period. Alex will also be able to continue delivering the work Pippa Mills has been doing to deliver a high-quality policing service for the communities of West Mercia.” 

DCC Murray said: “It is a huge honour to be able to step in temporarily as the chief constable for West Mercia Police. I have big shoes to fill but the public can be reassured that our focus remains on reducing crime and bringing more offenders to justice.”