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North Wales Chief Constable announces retirement

Chief Constable Carl Foulkes has announced he will leave the service in October.

CC Foulkes has been the North Wales Chief since 2018 and will be approaching his 30 years’ service by October.

He had started out as an aircraft engineer in the Royal Navy before moving over to BTP in 1993 to begin his career in policing.

He said: “At that time I genuinely never thought I would ever be an inspector never mind a Chief Constable and it has been a huge honour to lead North Wales Police.”

He spent 10 years with BTP before moving to West Midlands in 2003 where he took on various operational and detective roles.

In 2016 he was appointed Deputy Chief Constable for Merseyside Police and held responsibilities for professional standards, corporate development, performance and change.

In his role as Chief with North Wales, he had national portfolio responsibilities for Internet, Intelligence and Investigations, as well as gender- including the UN He for She initiative.

In 2020, he received a Queens Police Medal.

CC Foulkes said: "The past few years have been challenging for everyone, but the resilience, ability and willingness to adapt and change demonstrated by the entire workforce has never been more evident than during the pandemic and I am immensely proud of what we achieved.

“I was recently asked if I would join the police if I was starting out on my career now. So much has changed, but I didn’t take a moment to respond, I would definitely do the same again. Policing is very different to that which I joined, but it is a fantastic job that allows you to make a real difference and has such incredible variety. I would encourage anyone to consider it as a career.”

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