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Norfolk’s deputy chief constable could be about to become Cambridge’s top police officer

PUBLISHED: 15:16 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:16 16 July 2018

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Dean. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Deputy Chief Constable Nick Dean. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Norfolk’s deputy chief constable could be set to become the top police officer in Cambridge, it has emerged.

Nick Dean, who joined Norfolk Constabulary in 1992, is one of two candidates for Cambridge’s chief constable and if approved would replace Alec Wood, who announced his retirement last month.

Mr Dean will now be interviewed by the county’s police and crime panel at a public hearing on July 30 and a start date will be given if his appointment is agreed.

He has been named as the preferred candidate for the job by Cambridge’s police and crime commissioner Jason Ablewhite.

Mr Ablewhite said: “I am delighted to put forward Nick Dean to the police and crime panel as my preferred candidate for chief constable for the constabulary.

“Nick performed very well throughout the whole assessment process, with the appointment panel unanimously supporting my decision regarding Nick’s proposed appointment.”

He added: “During his time in Norfolk, Nick has demonstrated great leadership showing an understanding and inclusive approach to working with the public, communities and partners, and genuine desire to make a difference to the county.

“In line with statutory procedures, I will be formally notifying the police and crime panel that Nick is my preferred candidate.”

Mr Wood, who had been appointed chief constable in August 2015, will continue in the post until September.

The police and crime panel will review the proposed appointment, hold a confirmation hearing in public and can also veto the proposed appointment. Norfolk’s chief constable Simon Bailey said: “I am extremely pleased to confirm that deputy chief constable Nick Dean was today (Monday 16 July) named as the preferred candidate for the role of Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, subject to confirmation by the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel.”

Mr Bailey added he would like to “congratulate Nick on his successful recommendation” and wish him the very best of luck should he get the job although did so “with a heavy heart” having worked with him for so many years and knowing what an asset he was to Norfolk.

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