Lancashire Police welcomes new Chief Constable

Lancashire Constabulary, one of the country’s top performing police forces, has welcomed a new Chief Constable from today, April 1.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 7:00 am

Chris Rowley, 52, will take over from departing chief Andy Rhodes who is retiring after 30 years in policing in the county today.

And he has spoken of his pride as he takes the helm at Lancashire Police.

Mr Rowley joins the post on promotion from his previous role of Deputy Chief Constable of Humberside Police, a post he’d held since 2017.

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“My role is to serve and support the officers, staff and the communities of Lancashire. I have a clear ambition to find long term sustainable partnership-based solutions, which will reduce crime and deliver the aims and objectives of the Police and Crime Plan.

“Wherever I go, people always speak so highly of the force and its people. I have always held Lancashire in high regard and consider it a real privilege to serve as Chief Constable.”

Chris had spent most of his career in West Yorkshire, amassing 25 years’ service working mainly in local policing and crime and dealing with the most serious crimes facing Yorkshire as Head of the Regional Organised Crime Unit for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Chris was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable of Humberside Police in October 2017, leading a broad and challenging portfolio encompassing Corporate Development (Strategic Change, Performance, Audit and Inspection and Demand), Professional Standards, Information Management & Security, Communications and Legal Services.

Speaking to the Post last year, Andy Rhodes announced he would be stepping down from his role as Chief Constable after almost 30 years working in the force.

He said: “I am fast approaching 30 years’ service and I felt that now was the right time to let the police and crime commissioner know my intentions about my plans to retire."

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