CHESHIRE'S police and crime commissioner (PCC) David Keane has launched a recruitment drive to find a new chief constable to lead Cheshire Constabulary.

The commissioner is looking to recruit a chief officer to help build on the work already undertaken to deliver a first class policing service across Cheshire.

Applicants will face a rigorous recruitment process, which is being carried out in accordance with the College of Policing guidance on the appointment of chief officers.

It will include an interview with a panel made up of representatives from partner organisations across the county.

Mr Keane says the new chief constable would 'build on the foundations' of the outgoing Darren Martland.

"At Cheshire Constabulary, we have committed to developing a truly local community policing model that puts residents at the heart of the service," said the PCC.

"The incredible work of our dedicated workforce and volunteers has been recognised in the consistent positive ratings from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire and Rescue Services.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is passionate about leading a police service based in the heart of its communities and that instils confidence in its residents.

"I want to work with our new chief constable to build on the strong foundations established under the leadership of outgoing chief constable, Darren Martland.

"The successful applicant will also have the necessary skills and experience to work within the complex and challenging environment in which modern day policing operates.

"This will include driving forward innovation and partnership working and to embed a problem-solving ethos when it comes to tackling the priority issues in each of our communities.

"I also need a chief constable who is able to deliver an effective police service within the increasingly challenging economic environment we face.

"I look forward to working with the new chief constable to ensure Cheshire remains one of the safest counties in the country."

The appointment of the new chief constable will be subject to a confirmation hearing in front of Cheshire's Police and Crime Panel.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Sunday, January 31.

The application pack for the role is now available on the Cheshire PCC website at