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PCC John Campion is pleased to announce his preferred candidate for the new Chief Constable of West Mercia.

Earlier this year it was announced that West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham will reach his 30 years’ service in September and will be retiring. Following a thorough, open and competitive two day process involving four candidates, current Essex Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills was chosen as the Commissioner’s preferred candidate to be the next West Mercia Chief Constable.

The nomination will be offered for confirmation to the West Mercia Police and Crime Panel on 13th July after which a start date will be agreed.

PCC John Campion said: “After undergoing a thorough process, I am delighted to have chosen Pippa Mills to be my preferred candidate for the new Chief Constable of West Mercia Police. She will bring with her a wealth of previous experience from her service in Essex and the Metropolitan Police. 

“As Commissioner I am committed to backing West Mercia Police with the resources it needs, and that includes exceptional leadership. I am grateful to Anthony for his services to policing and for leading the force for the past five years. As he passes the legacy on, I look forward to working with Pippa as West Mercia Police moves into its next chapter. I will ensure that it makes the best use of the additional investment I have made in policing to tackle crime effectively and keep our communities safe.”

Pippa Mills said: “I am delighted to have been selected as the preferred candidate to be the next Chief Constable. I am committed to protecting people from harm, to delivering an excellent service to all communities and to making sure that West Mercia officers and staff of all ranks and grades are visible and accessible to those who need us. My aim is to put the people of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Worcestershire and Herefordshire first. I will also make sure that everyone at West Mercia feels proud to be part of the policing family, and proud to serve every community across our three counties.”

Issued on: Wednesday 30th June