The Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police has announced he is to retire in July this year having completed 30 years service.
Adrian Lee has led the force since October 2009 and previously worked as deputy chief constable of Staffordshire Police. He started his career at Greater Manchester Police in 1985.
Mr Lee, age 56, said he was proud of what he had achieved alongside Police and Crime Commissioner Adam Simmonds, who was appointed in November 2012.
He said: “It has been a huge privilege to serve as the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police. The force has so many amazing men and women, serving in all capacities, who share my view about the importance of vision, values and vocation in policing and work so hard to deliver the vision: to be the safest county in the country.
“Northamptonshire has led the way in adopting the new governance arrangements and Adam Simmonds, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and I have a joint commitment to seek the best for the people of the county.
“The Police and Crime Plan is enabling us to deliver better services at a time of significant financial constraint.
“To do that we have established ourselves as national leads on collaboration through our work with other forces in the East Midlands Region, other forces in the country, our work with Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service and with other county partners and stakeholders.
“I am proud of all that we have achieved together and the positive impact the force has had on so many lives. Strong foundations have been built for the challenges ahead.”
Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, who will now begin the task of appointing a new Chief Constable, has paid tribute to Mr Lee.
He said: “I am incredibly grateful for all his support, advice, consideration, grace and friendship over the past two years. He has shown considerable loyalty to our county and to the best principles of policing.
“The fine position of the force, our strategic plans and the direction of travel have been placed in such a good position through his leadership.
“I am very grateful for his dedication in making Northamptonshire Police the best it can be and getting us further on the journey towards Northamptonshire being the safest county in England.”