• Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Police Suzette Davenport announces her retirement
  • Ms Davenport became the first woman chief constable in the 174 history of Gloucestershire Constabulary when she was appointed in 2013
  • Ms Davenport started her police career with the West Mercia force
  • She has been the national lead for roads policing in England and Wales and received the Queen’s Police Medal in last year’s birthday honours

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Martin Surl today paid tribute to Gloucestershire’s Chief Constable, Suzette Davenport, following her announcement she is to retire.

Ms Davenport, 54, became Gloucestershire’s first woman chief constable in the Constabulary’s 174 year history having been appointed by Mr. Surl – himself the county’s first PCC – following his election in 2013.

Mr. Surl said, “It was always expected Suzette would retire in 2017 and with other senior officers also coming-up to retirement, she has made the honourable decision to go now in order to allow her successor to have a say in the appointment of a new executive team.

“Reaching the top of her profession just as the Government introduced Police and Crime Commissioners could have led to understandable tension. Instead, Suzette and I have been able to form an effective, professional working relationship that always put Gloucestershire first.

“She has had a remarkable career at local, regional and national level. I would like to thank her personally, and on behalf of the county, for her dedication and commitment during one of the most turbulent periods in the Constabulary’s history”.

At the official opening of the Constabulary’s new investigative hub, Prism House with Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl (centre) and Det Chief Supt Bernie Kinsella (right)

Originally from North Yorkshire, Ms Davenport started her police service with West Mercia Police and worked in a variety of roles over the next 20 years. After a short spell at the Home Office in 2005, she was appointed Assistant Chief Constable with Staffordshire Police and in May 2007 transferred to the West Midlands, where she led intelligence and neighbourhood policing.

As well as her responsibilities in Northamptonshire, Ms Davenport has been the national lead for roads policing in England and Wales. For eight years, she was vice president of the British Association for Women in Policing (BAWP) and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2016.