Northamptonshire Police have confirmed Martin Jelley has been appointed as the force’s new deputy chief constable.
Mr Jelley was this afternoon appointed to the position following the departure of Suzette Davenport last month.
Ms Davenport left Northamptonshire to become chief constable in Gloucestershire.
Mr Jelley, who has filled the role on a temporary basis following her departure, becomes the second highest ranking police officer in the county.
He joined Northamptonshire Police as Assistant Chief Constable in 2009, and in the new role he takes overall responsibility for the force’s performance, organisational change, and working alongside the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner.
Chief Constable Adrian Lee said: “I am very pleased that Martin has now been appointed permanently. His promotion follows more than three years as a chief officer, during which time he has provided strong leadership to the force through a difficult period of budget cuts, change and serious incidents – and overseen some of the most impressive crime reductions nationwide.
“He has wide operational experience and a record of driving innovation; he is the right choice to be our new Deputy Chief Constable and a key part of the team that will deliver the new commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan.”
Mr Jelley began his policing career with Norfolk Constabulary in 1988, having gained a BA (Hons) degree from Birmingham University. He then served 16 years with Norfolk in both CID and operational roles.
In 2006 he led the amalgamation of the eastern and southern policing areas in Suffolk, which encompassed the towns of Ipswich and Lowestoft. He was also a senior officer in Suffolk at the time of the Suffolk strangler murders and investigation.
During his career in Northamptonshire, Mr Jelley has been responsible for a wide range of policing activities including response policing, safer community teams, firearms, roads policing, dogs and air support.
Last year, he led the planning for the county’s response to the 2012 Olympic Games and the torch relay, which passed through Northamptonshire in July.
Mr Jelley said: “I am absolutely delighted to be Northamptonshire’s Deputy Chief Constable. I look forward to working with the Chief Constable and the PCC in this new role, to continue driving our commitment to reduce crime, doing the very best we can for the communities we serve and achieving even better levels of public confidence.”