Sue Mountstevens and Nick Gargan
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens met with the new Chief Constable Nick Gargan as he started his first day leading the force on Monday, March 4.
He began the day on patrol meeting officers, PCSOs and staff as the PCC celebrated 100 days in office.
Sue Mountstevens said: “I am looking forward to working with Nick. He brings a wealth of experience through his roles in policing and leading the National Policing Improvement Agency.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us, not only in balancing the budget in future years, but also to ensure victims are at the heart of policing services and that together we are supporting residents to be safe and feel safe.”
Nick Gargan said: "It's a great honour to take up the role of Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset.
"It's coincidental that I should be joining the force on the Police and Crime Commissioner's 100th day in office but there is an interesting symbolism in that. In this new world of policing and austerity, partnership is even more crucial. The electorate has handed the mandate to the Police and Crime Commissioner, and it's no longer the Chief's job alone to set the vision, or solve the budget problems.
"The PCC has a pivotal role to play in helping all of us – police, prisons, probation, childrens services, health, adult care; there are too many to mention – to find the best, most cost effective and smartest ways of working together in tackling crime and supporting victims. The communities of Avon and Somerset deserve nothing less and I look forward to playing my part in helping to make that happen."
Posted on Monday 4th March 2013