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Suffolk: Police announce chief constable’s retirement

09:18 23 November 2012

Simon Ash who is due to step down from his role

Simon Ash who is due to step down from his role


SUFFOLK’S Chief Constable Simon Ash today announced he is to retire from his post early next year.


Mr Ash, who joined Suffolk Constabulary as Chief Constable on June 4, 2007, will step down in February.

Following his decision to retire, he said: “My contract with Suffolk was due to come to an end earlier in the year but I decided to remain in post to oversee the transition to the Police and Crime Commissioner.

“With the election behind us, it now seems an appropriate time to hand over to a new Chief Constable, who can take the Constabulary forward with the new Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore.”

“I will be working with Tim to support him through his first three months.

“I have worked closely with Tim over the past five years in his role as leader of Mid Suffolk District Council and I wish him every success for the future.

“The PCC heralds a major change to the way in which policing is governed and I know he will have the full support of my colleagues in his work over the coming years.”

Mr Ash will be taking up a position as an independent member of the Parole Board when he leaves the Constabulary in February.

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s new Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I would like to thank Simon for the support he has given me to date.

“It is not by accident that Suffolk is one of the safest counties; Simon has led Suffolk Constabulary through some testing financial times and I applaud him for his commitment to the Constabulary.

“I now look forward to recruiting a new Chief Constable to work with me to continue to shape our policing service to meet the challenge of keeping all Suffolk’s communities safe.”

Mr Ash was awarded a Queen’s Police Medal in The Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List in June this year.

At the time he said: “It is a real honour to receive this award and it has been a privilege to lead Suffolk Constabulary for the last five years.”

Mr Ash was born in Kent and, after studying at Birmingham University, joined Kent County Constabulary in 1982.

In 2001 he joined Hertfordshire Constabulary as Assistant Chief Constable, Operations, and held that position until 2003 when he was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable.

As Deputy Chief Constable he was responsible for Organisational Intelligence, Human Resources and Corporate Communication.

Mr Ash is currently the ACPO lead on Reward and Recognition having led the portfolio since 2005.

He sits on the Police Negotiating Board, Police Advisory Board and Police Staff Council. He is currently involved in the ACPO response to the Winsor Review of police officers terms and conditions.

Mr Ash was appointed Co-Director of Police National Assessment Centres in 2009.

Mr Ash is the third chief constable to announce he is stepping down after last week’s elections for the first Police and Crime Commissioners, who will take over the running of police forces.

The heads of Essex Police, and Avon and Somerset Constabulary have also announced they will be stepping down.



  • What Suffolk wants is a Chief Constable with backbone. My old chief constable's Burns Ross Whiteley would be turning in their graves to see how far the Police have gone down the liberal handwringing mamby pamby PC road.

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    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • I am wondering if, before he leaves, in three months time, will he bother to reply to a number of MPs (not only Suffolk MPs) who have been awaiting his responses on behalf of their constituents for several months now or are his intentions to get out quick and pass outstanding complaints which MPs are waiting responses to, onto the next Chief ?

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    barbara howard

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • More around the country will follow.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • What a blindingly obvious outcome!

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    Erm, Why?

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • A couple of years ago, I sought the help of my MP Tim Yeo with a matter involving the Suffolk Police. I however, did get a reply within a few weeks and a copy of a letter of apology from Chief Constable, accepting shortcomings. I understood that all MP's letters had a deadline date for reply to be sent. Are the MP's staff chasing them up though?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • PCC's appointed and several Chief Constables retire - very strange!

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    R2 D2

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • As Erm why states this was going to happen............let us not let Norfolk take us over as this is what is happening slowly but surely....Paul Scott Lee was the strongest Chief Constable we ever had and a gentleman to boot. Please Mr Passmore and co get a Chief that has the strength to move our County forward and not a puppet.

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    Joseph Marshall

    Friday, November 23, 2012

  • I retired 12 years ago and I felt then that all the hierarchy were concerned with was being able to print the charter mark on top of the stationary. When I joined it was a force and when I left it was a service. At least my old bosses had a mind of their own and were not dictated to by targets and political correctness. The service seems to have been full of blue sky thinking and now it's time common sense and discretion came back, and recruits taken on for merit not quota requirements..

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    Saturday, November 24, 2012

  • In response to "The Original Victor Meldrew", I`m not really sure if there was a deadline set by which the Chief Constable has to respond to an MP, if so then my MP hasn`t stipulated this on his letters to the Chief Constable ? My own MP`s office have chased up the Chief Constable. I am guessing, the Chief Constable has been too busy to reply himself to the MP as each time it has been his office admin who have replied and signed on his behalf. I know of two other constituents who haven`t even had the Chief`s office admin respond on his behalf. I can`t help but wonder if the Chief Constable, the Professional Standards Department (to whom you make the complaint) just sit tight for as long as they can, hoping a complainant will go away, get bored, perhaps ? Well, I am hoping that there will now be some backbone in Mr. Passmore and a new Chief Constable. Just out of interest, how do we get in touch with Mr. Passmore, does anyone know and does this mean the committee have *gone* now ?

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    barbara howard

    Monday, November 26, 2012

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