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Monday 18 December 2017, 3:01 PM
  • Rod Hansen confirmed today as Gloucestershire’s permanent Chief Constable.
  • Mr. Hansen, 51, has been the acting chief since the retirement of Suzette Davenport in April.
  • He was selected by Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl following a rigorous recruitment process over two days and the appointment was ratified today by the county council’s police and crime panel.
  • Mr. Surl said, “, “I am delighted the Police and Crime Panel supported my recommendation that Rod is the right man to provide Gloucestershire Constabulary with stability and vision for the foreseeable future, leading a proud Force that is committed to delivering the Police and Crime Plan and giving strong leadership”.

Protocol demanded that for the last ten days he was ‘Chief Constable in waiting’. Today, (Monday) the preferred candidate Rod Hansen was given the final seal of approval when his appointment was confirmed.

Mr Hansen, 51, had been the acting chief constable following the retirement of Suzette Davenport in April and was selected for the permanent post by Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl following a testing recruitment process over two days. 

 

Chief Constable Rod Hansen and Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl

Mr Surl said, “I am delighted the Police and Crime Panel supported my recommendation that Rod is the right man to provide Gloucestershire Constabulary with stability and vision for the foreseeable future, leading a proud Force that is committed to delivering the Police and Crime Plan and giving strong leadership.

“He demonstrated outstanding qualities throughout a very rigorous recruitment process which was conducted fairly and openly and included a staff engagement forum, a testing media exercise, presentation to the Commissioner’s Forum and a formal interview which was overseen by an independent representative of the National Police College. 

“I have seen how Rod has performed as Temporary Chief following Suzette Davenport’s retirement and while we could not judge him on this alone, I have no doubt his leadership skills and intellectual capabilities were why he had the field all to himself”. 

Rod Hansen has been acting Chief Constable since April

Rod Hansen started his career at Avon and Somerset Constabulary in September 1988 in the market town of Chipping Sodbury and during his time with the force covered a variety of roles from patrol inspector in central Bristol to District Commander for Bath and North East Somerset.

He joined Gloucestershire Constabulary as Deputy Chief Constable in May 2013 and in May 2017 took over as Chief Constable.  He has been a hostage negotiator since 1998 and is the senior the civilian police advisor to the military capability at Joint Force Headquarters.

Rod is also the current police service lead for mounted policing and the police dog sections.

 

He said, “it is a privilege to serve the public and a particular privilege to do so as a police officer.  I remain determined to help stabilise the organisation in testing times, ensure the constabulary stays locally connected to its communities and prepares itself to embrace a highly digitised society.

 “I am delighted to be able to continue to work alongside such a supportive county and such magnificence men and women who put themselves in harm’s way every day”.

The Chief Constable's appointment was ratified by the  Police & Crime Panel

 

Rod Hansen biography:

  • Rod Hansen joined Gloucestershire Constabulary as Deputy Chief Constable in May 2013 and in May 2017 took over as Chief Constable.
  • Rod started his career at Avon and Somerset Constabulary in September 1988 in the market town of Chipping Sodbury. During his time with the force he covered a variety of roles from patrol inspector in central Bristol to District Commander for Bath and North East Somerset. Other postings also led to Rod working on the force surveillance team and reviewing the child protection team portfolio.
  • Rod has been a hostage negotiator since 1998 and for a number of years was the South West Regional Co-ordinator for negotiating. He was course director for the regional negotiators course and in October 2003 trained negotiators within the Greek police service in preparation for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
  • Rod is also the Chief Police Advisor to the military Joint Task Force Headquarters (JTFHQ) and part of a multi-agency team of non-military advisors working closely alongside colleagues from the Stabilisation Unit, Department for International Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and a variety of volunteer and charitable groups such as the International Red Cross.
  • His deployments to date include; Somalia to help devise the next phase of the United Nations (AMISOM) plan to bring security to the wider Horn of Africa, the Masai Mara, Kenya, working with Kenyan and Ugandan Rapid Deployment Forces on flood relief, food assistance programmes, malaria and refugee reduction. Rod also assisted in the fast time provision of a UK police capability to assist the British military in extracting British nationals from Libya during the recent fall of the regime.
  • Rod is also the current police service lead for mounted policing and the police dog section.
  • Under legislation, the Chief Constable is appointed by the Police and Crime Commissioner and ratified by the Police and Crime Panel

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