It was all change at the top at Bedfordshire Police HQ last week as Garry Forsyth was sworn into his new role as chief constable and immediately announced his new deputy.
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to build on the legacy of my predecessor Jon Boutcher and the commissioner Kathryn Holloway,” said Garry.
“Having been part of the senior leadership of the force over the last two years I am very much looking forward to evolving the force to an even stronger position working with our excellent staff, communities and partners.”
The chief constable then outlined his priorities now he’s officially taken over the role.
“Unsurprisingly at the top of my priorities will be continuing to ensure that we have the right level of funding for Bedfordshire so we can provide the services the public want and deserve, and that our officers and staff want to deliver,” he said.
“While it will not deliver all of the resource we know we need, I am encouraged by recent announcements of investment, but there will be lots of work to be done with many partners if the effect of this investment is to be properly felt by the public.
“We will need the infrastructure development and support of other public sector agencies and the whole criminal justice system in order to make the difference that I know the public want to see.
“But, after spending the last nine years as a chief officer making savings from police budgets the difficulties of significantly growing our workforce are finally a nice problem to have.
“I have seen at first hand the benefits that can be achieved with the strong support of a determined PCC and this has been key to securing additional funding for the force and transforming how the force is perceived across the country.
“I very much look forward to continuing in this vein and I am excited at the start of my tenure for the future of our force and the county of Bedfordshire.”
Garry was announced as the new chief constable back in May and has since been developing his working partnership with the police and crime commissioner (PCC) in preparation for his official taking over from outgoing chief constable Jon Boutcher.
“Garry and I get on incredibly well; we’ve proved that we are a strong working partnership over the past two years, while Garry has been the deputy chief constable,” said commissioner Holloway.
“I’m completely certain that he is the right person in the right job to take Bedfordshire Police into an ever brighter future in the service of the public in this county.”
New deputy chief constable
Meanwhile, in one of his first actions, the chief constable announced his new deputy.
Following interviews last week, Trevor Rodenhurst was confirmed as Bedfordshire Police’s new deputy chief constable (DCC).
Currently assistant chief constable of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), Trevor was selected to step into Garry’s former role.
“I’m thrilled to be announcing Trevor as my new deputy,” said the chief constable.
“He is an outstanding leader and brings a wealth of experience particularly from his role leading the regional response to tackling serious organised crime and terrorism. I’m genuinely excited about bringing him into our leadership team,”
Bedfordshire’s DCC role has a responsibility for both Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Joint Protective Services.
These comprise collaborated units such as Roads Policing, Firearms and Major Crime, and ERSOU which tackles serious organised crime and counter terrorism across the region.
Speaking about his selection, Trevor said: “I’m incredibly proud to be selected as the deputy chief constable for Bedfordshire.
“It really is a fantastic force and also my home constabulary as I live in the county, so this appointment is particularly special for me on a personal level.
“I look forward to working closely with chief constable Garry Forsyth to continue the fantastic progress that has been already achieved by his predecessor Jon Boutcher and PCC Kathryn Holloway.”