Suffolk’s Chief Constable has announced he will retire next year.
Simon Ash will step down after completing more than 30 years of service as a police officer in Kent, Hertfordshire and Suffolk.
He joined Suffolk Police in 2007 on a five-year fixed term contract until June 2012, which was extended for a further year.
He said he stayed on for the extra year to oversee the transition to Police and Crime Commissioner, the election for which took place on November 15.
“With the election behind us, it now seems an appropriate time to hand over to a new Chief Constable, who can take the Constabulary forward with the new Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore.
“I have worked closely with Tim over the past five years in his role as leader of Mid Suffolk District Council and I wish him every success for the future,” he said.
Tim Passmore thanked Mr Ash for his support.
He said: “It is not by accident that Suffolk is one of the safest counties; Simon has led Suffolk Constabulary through testing financial times and I applaud him for his commitment.
“I now look forward to recruiting a new chief constable to work with me to continue to shape our policing service to meet the challenge of keeping all Suffolk’s communities safe.”