The Chief Constable of Dorset Police, Martin Baker, will step down at the end of this month.
His sudden resignation was accepted by the Dorset Police Authority Chief Officer Appointments Committee today.
Mr Baker has been Chief Constable of Dorset Police since January 2005.
Commenting on Mr Baker’s decision to resign, the Chairman of the Police Authority, Michael Taylor said: “The Police Authority wishes to express its appreciation for the huge contribution Mr Baker has made to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Force. Under his leadership crime has consistently fallen and public confidence increased despite unprecedented cuts in funding.”
Mr Baker said: “After eight years as Chief Constable in Dorset and over 38 years as a serving police officer, I feel the time is right to hand over leadership of the Force.”
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