The Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey David Munro has today announced that Gavin Stephens is his preferred candidate for the role of Chief Constable of Surrey Police.
The appointment will now be subject to a confirmation hearing by Surrey’s Police and Crime Panel in early April.
Gavin Stephens has been acting as the temporary Chief since January having stepped up from his role as Deputy Chief Constable following the departure of Nick Ephgrave to the Metropolitan Police.
His suitability for the role was tested during a thorough assessment day which included questioning from some of Surrey Police’s key stakeholders, preparing and delivering a presentation and being interviewed by an appointments panel chaired by the PCC.
PCC David Munro said: “Gavin has the skills, experience and passion to lead Surrey Police into an exciting future ahead and I am delighted to offer the post of Chief Constable to him. I have every confidence that he will be an outstanding leader for the Force.”
Gavin Stephens said:
“I’ve always been proud to be a Constable in Surrey Police. I’m absolutely delighted to have been offered, and accepted, the role of Chief Constable. I passionately believe that Surrey Police has a bright future ahead building on the firm foundations put in place by Nick Ephgrave over recent years. We have a duty, together with our partners, to keep our communities safe, and feeling safe. As we’ve seen over this weekend this is a responsibility that extends from neighbourhood to national security.
“I’m privileged to lead, and work with, so many talented people who are dedicated to making Surrey a great place to live, work and visit. I look forward to working with you all to make Surrey Police an outstanding organisation, which plays a central role in the success of our County.”
Gavin joined Surrey Police in 1996 as a police constable, having worked in Cambridgeshire Constabulary for 3 years. He has served at every rank in Surrey and has worked across a range of roles including leading work on Neighbourhood Policing, Serious & Organised Crime and Professional Standards.
He is the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Neighbourhood Policing, Police Community Support Officers, Social Media and Digital Engagement. He has recently led on new national guidance for Neighbourhood Policing and is working with all forces in the UK to improve the service provided to local communities.
The Police and Crime Panel will meet to review the PCC’s proposed appointment on Friday 5 April at County Hall in Kingston-upon-Thames.