Police appoint new assistant chief constable

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A new Assistant Chief Constable for Northamptonshire Police was appointed last week with responsibility for specialist crime and operations.

Russ Foster will join the Force from Derbyshire Police, where he is currently a Chief Superintendent. In Northamptonshire, he will lead on ensuring that communities are protected from the harm caused by serious crime and criminal networks alongside more specialist functions, such as firearms.

He said: “I have spent my entire policing career in the East Midlands and am delighted to have been appointed. Northamptonshire Police is focused on making this county the safest in the country and I am absolutely committed to doing the very best I can to help us achieve this. I look forward to getting to know officers and staff throughout the Force and working closely with them to make our communities safer.”

Ass Chief Const Foster joined Nottinghamshire Police in 1993 and served as a detective in every rank up to Detective Superintendent before transferring to Derbyshire in 2009, where his roles have included head of business change and head of serious and organised crime.

Northamptonshire Chief Constable Adrian Lee said: “I am very pleased that Russ will be joining us as Assistant Chief Constable and I look forward to working with him on delivering the Police and Crime Plan - in particular, our journey towards becoming the safest county in the country. Russ was appointed after a tough selection process; he has a wealth of operational policing experience and is very well suited to meet the challenges in Northamptonshire over the coming years. I am confident he will be a real asset to the Force.

“Russ will take over from Paul Phillips in the near future. Paul continues to do an excellent job as temporary Assistant Chief Constable and the Force has benefited considerably from his leadership and contribution in that role over the past three months.”