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Gloucestershire Chief Constable agrees contract extension

Gloucestershire's Chief Constable Rod Hansen will continue in the role for at least another five years after agreeing a contract extension.

Mr Hansen, who was awarded the Queen's Police Medal earlier this month, will remain in charge of Gloucestershire Constabulary until at least 2025.

The contract was agreed with Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, who appointed Mr Hansen in 2017 on an initial five-year contract.

Mr Surl said it was the right time to think about the future of the force.

He said: "I am not alone in my respect of the chief. In my assessment, he leads well, his colleagues respect him and he does a fantastic job serving the public of Gloucestershire.

"Good chief constables are hard to find and having spoken to the chief, I know he's happy to stay. I'm delighted to extend his contract and provide some stability during these uncertain times.

"We'll now work together to focus on my six policing priorities which make up my Police and Crime Plan, including the mantra that Every Contact Counts and Every Crime Matters in Gloucestershire."

He described the appointment of the Chief Constable as the most important job of a Police and Crime Commissioner.

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