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Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney to leave policing in April 2023

Hampshire’s chief to leave after completing secondment to Strategic Command Course

Hampshire’s Chief Constable who was seconded to lead the Strategic Command Course later this year has announced she will be leaving policing for good in April next year.

CC Pinkney will start her secondment in September for four months before returning to Hampshire to oversee the final Uplift of recruits and the handover to a new chief constable.

However she has signalled she will not be seeking another role within policing. Explaining the reasons for her decision she said that she strongly believed “that every large organisation needs to evolve through new leadership.” She will leave with 31 years service. 

She added: “I return in mid-December with the last of our 600 (and counting) additional Uplift officers to welcome. What the future holds beyond that I do not know, but my heart remains rooted in public service. I am not going to another job in policing. I said all along the only chief job for me is Hampshire and I remain true to that.”    

She said that made the decision to leave back in late June but the early announcement enables Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones to get on with recruiting a new chief constable. This process will start immediately (7 September) with the aim of making the decision on who the new chief will be by the end of November 2022.   

During her secondment to the Strategic Command Course Deputy Chief Constable Ben Snuggs will serve as the Acting Chief Constable

Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones, who is leading the recruitment process, commented:  “As PCC, I have a responsibility to find the best chief for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight residents. There is of course competition between forces for the best chiefs, so I am casting the net wide to make sure that I can choose from the best candidates within Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and beyond.”  

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