A NEW temporary deputy chief has been appointed by Gloucestershire Police.

Gloucestershire's current assistant chief constable for Tri-force, Jon Stratford, has been named as the county's temporary deputy chief constable.

He is stepping into the second-in-command post for 12 months, in line with the appointment of Rod Hansen as temporary chief constable.

Mr Stratford said: "I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to serve with Gloucestershire Constabulary in this way.

"It is a fabulous force that in recent years has proved its ability to drive down crime and drive up confidence and satisfaction.

"I'm looking forward to working with the police and crime commissioner, the chief constable and officers and staff at all levels to ensure our force goes from strength to strength."

In his current role, Mr Stratford is responsible for the provision of specialist operational support and major crime investigation across the Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon and Somerset force areas

Chief constable Suzette Davenport, who is retiring later this month, said: "Jon's depth of experience in policing generally, and our belief that he will provide inspiring leadership and help deliver lasting transformational change made him the right candidate for the job."