Norfolk’s Chief Constable is to leave the force in June to become the deputy director general of the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Chief Constable Phil Gormley’s appointment was announced today by Home Secretary Theresa May.
Mr Gormley joined Norfolk Police in early 2010 and joins the NCA before its launch in October.
He said: “I am delighted and honoured to have been selected to help lead the National Crime Agency.
“There are very few positions that I would have contemplated leaving my current role for; however, the creation of the NCA and the prospect of contributing nationally and tackling serious and organised crime is, for me professionally, a once in a life-time opportunity.”
Mr Gormley added that it would be a ‘real wrench’ to leave Norfolk.
“I remain incredibly proud of the achievements of everyone who has contributed, and continues to contribute, to make it one of the best performing police forces in the country,” he said.
Theresa May congratulated Mr Gormley on his appointment to the NCA, which will be led by director general Keith Bristow.
Mr Bristow said: “Phillip Gormley is an officer of the highest calibre who brings impressive leadership experience.
“His skills will be important in meeting the challenges of building the NCA as we deliver a step change in our law enforcement response to serious, organised and complex crime.”
The announcement comes just days after new crime figures revealed Norfolk to be one of the safest counties in the country.