Chief Constable Julie Spence says that after 32 years she will retire in September

PUBLISHED: 10:09 01 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:32 02 June 2010

CHIEF Constable Julie Spence today announced her retirement from the police force. Ms Spence said that after 32 years in policing she would be retiring in September this year. The Cambridgeshire chief, passed over in recent years for a couple of other hi

CHIEF Constable Julie Spence today announced her retirement from the police force.

Ms Spence said that after 32 years in policing she would be retiring in September this year.

The Cambridgeshire chief, passed over in recent years for a couple of other high profile jobs, said: "It has been an interesting and challenging 32 years and I am so pleased I alighted on policing as a career.

"Above all it has been the most extraordinary privilege to have been able to lead Cambridgeshire Constabulary over the last six years on our journey to improve policing services for the public of Cambridgeshire. It has without a doubt been the highlight of my career and I believe the county now has a Police Service it can be rightly proud of.

"Consequently it is appropriate to hand over the reins to someone else to take it through the next phase of its journey. By announcing my retirement this week I am giving the Police Authority six months to find a replacement.

"For me, I will be staying in the county; I want to remain part of Cambridgeshire life, promoting and supporting where possible initiatives that support the wellbeing and lifeblood of the county; a county I have grown to love.

"I also plan to take some time out, spend more time with my husband John and take time to think about new opportunities, as I know I will not be able to sit still for long!"

In a letter to colleagues she said: "May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support to both me and the Constabulary during my tenure."

Ms Spence promised to "continue to work hard for the service and county right up to my last day".


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