Appointment subject to confirmation by the Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Panel
Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Kathryn Holloway has chosen deputy chief constable Garry Forsyth as the candidate to become Bedfordshire’s next chief constable.
The appointment, subject to confirmation by Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Panel, follows one of the “most transparent selection processes in policing”.
Mr Forsyth emerged as the front runner across all sections of the tough assessment day. The day included a presentation of his vision for the Force in front of a live audience.
The audience included members from Beds police staff, the Police Federation, Neighbourhood Watch, councillors and representatives from faith and community groups.
The event was also streamed live on the PCC’s Facebook page. The combined audience contributed with assessments of the strengths of the three candidates and areas for development.
Mr Forsyth said:
“I am absolutely delighted to be selected as the PCC’s preferred candidate to become the next Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police.
“It was an extremely challenging and demanding process with strong competition from two excellent chief officer colleagues, so to come out as the successful candidate is a hugely proud moment for me both personally and professionally.”
The selection day opened with interviews with the PCC. Ms Holloway was assisted by Avon and Somerset Police chief constable Andy Marsh, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue chief Paul Fuller, chair of the Police and Crime Panel Paul Cain and Bedfordshire housing developer Steven Smith. Mr Smith was representing the business community.
This was followed by two mock media interviews on an emerging scenario. These were a ‘live’ down the line interview by earpiece to an unseen interviewer and a face to face television interview.
Commissioner Holloway said:
“I’m absolutely delighted to select Garry as my choice to be the next Chief Constable of Bedfordshire, subject to confirmation by the Police and Crime Panel, as the law requires.
“He was outstanding throughout the entire process and it’s hugely important to me that the public and the Bedfordshire Police workforce know that their next Chief is being selected entirely on the basis of his own merit.”
The appointment is now subject to a confirmation hearing (date to be set) before the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel. Once confirmed, the successful candidate will succeed current Chief Constable, Jon Boutcher.
The selection process was subject to an independent assessment of its fairness by Montell Neufville of Bedfordshire’s Stop and Search Scrutiny Panel, who will submit a report to the Police and Crime Panel.