Permanent Chief Constable for Wiltshire Police Announced

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Chief Constable Kier Pritchard, the man who oversaw policing response to the nerve agent poisonings in Salisbury and Amesbury (PA) has been appointed as the permanent chief constable for Wiltshire Police.

The appointment was done this week by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PPC), Angus Macpherson.

Kier Pritchard, who has been serving in the force since 1993, was appointed temporary chief constable in March this year after his heroic actions in the nerve agent poisonings incidents. Before then, he’d been in an assistant position since 2014.

The PCC said a police and crime panel meeting on 30 November would be asked to confirm the appointment.

Mr Macpherson said: “Kier Pritchard has done an excellent job over the past eight months, in the face of unprecedented challenge in Wiltshire, his leadership has been outstanding and he excelled during the interview process.

“I am confident that he will continue to build on the great work being done in the force that he has played a key role in delivering.”

Mr Pritchard said he had “a huge sense of pride for being chosen to lead the force I have served for more than 25 years”.

“This is my home county and I am passionate about making sure we continue to deliver a policing service with our partners that meet the needs of everybody in our communities.”

Mr Pritchard took over the reins from Mike Veale who quit the force to take up the same position at Cleveland Police.