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The New Chief Constable of West Mercia Police has been officially confirmed at the Police and Crime Panel today.

Current Essex DCC Pippa Mills was chosen by the Police and Crime Commissioner for the role, following a vigorous and open process. She brings a wealth of experience, having held a range of roles within the Metropolitan Police, ahead of her leadership roles in Essex Police.

Commissioner John Campion said “I am delighted that Pippa Mills has been confirmed to be the next Chief Constable. I am impressed with her vision to deliver improvements in policing for our communities. I am confident she will maximise on the additional investment I have made in policing, helping our communities to be safe and feel safe. Outstanding leadership is key, in ensuring the force tackles crime effectively and delivers for the public. I am grateful to Anthony for his excellent services to policing over the past five years and I am looking forward to the future with Pippa.”

Pippa Mills said “I am incredibly proud to have been confirmed as the first Female Chief Constable of West Mercia Police. I look forward to commencing in the force in September and give my commitment to lead the women and men of West Mercia Police to work with our communities and partners to deliver quality policing services.”

Pippa will take up her role in September 2021, as current Chief Constable Anthony Bangham retires after 30 years of service.