Ann Barnes announces new Chief Constable for Kent as Alan Pughsley

Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, has confirmed that Alan Pughsley will be the new Kent Chief Constable as of the 4th January 2014.

Mr Pughsley is currently the Deputy Chief Constable at Kent Police and started in the role in March 2011.

He originally joined Kent Police in April 2009 as Assistant Chief Constable for Specialist Operations, heading up the joint Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

Before this, Mr Pughsley worked at the Metropolitan Police Service since 1984. He has expertise in murder investigations, armed robbery, firearms and drug related crimes. He also served as a Borough Commander in Lewisham, South London, where he was responsible for 640 police officers and 180 police staff to deliver national crime reduction targets and improve customer confidence.

During his career he also worked at Surrey Police as a Detective Superintendent.

Mr Pughsley was one of three candidates vying for the role of Chief Constable. The recruitment process began back in October following the decision of Chief Constable, Ian Learmonth, to retire in January 2014.

Ann Barnes, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted that the appointment has been confirmed today. I’m looking forward to working closely with Alan once he’s in post.’

Commenting on his new role Mr Pughlsey said: ‘It’s an absolute privilege to be offered this role and to have the opportunity to lead an excellent police force. I’m really looking forward to starting on the 4th January.’