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Statement Following Announcement of Chief Constable Sue Sim’s Retirement

10th April 2015

“Chief Constable Sue Sim gave me formal notice of her decision to retire on Wednesday 8th April and she will leave the force on June 3rd when she has completed 30 years of public service in policing.

“Sue has brought passion and enthusiasm to her role with Northumbria Police, always remaining focused on cutting crime and ensuring victims of crime are at the heart of everything Northumbria Police does. She leaves at a time when Northumbria is one of the highest performing forces in the country and the best force of all for the important matter of victim satisfaction.

“She and I have worked well together over the two and half years since I became Police and Crime Commissioner. She responded to the challenge of this new governance structure very positively and my experience of her is that she always, without exception, delivers what she has promised. She helped me to deliver a strategy to ensure Northumbria Police was recognised as a national leader in tackling violence against women and girls and she has revolutionised the way police officers engage with communities.

“She has played a key role in the success of this force overall, and she has been supported by the excellent officers and staff in Northumbria Police.

“With her team, she has worked hard to meet the challenge of a reduction of 37% from our budget. She was determined to protect neighbourhood policing in the public interest and she has succeeded.

“I will miss our joint working and I wish her well in her retirement.”