Chief Constable to retire in October

Chief Constable Med Hughes
Chief Constable Med Hughes

SOUTH Yorkshire is looking for a new Chief Constable after Med Hughes announced he is retiring early after seven years as the county’s most senior officer.

His contract is due to run until September next year, but the 53-year-old is stepping down in October so there is sufficient time for a successor to be found before a Police and Crime Commissioner is appointed to take over from the police authority.

The current authority praised Mr Hughes’ role in helping to improve public confidence and satisfaction with policing, and seeing crime drop, with 56,736 fewer victims, over the last four years.

Chairman Charles Perryman said: “South Yorkshire Police is now recognised as one of the most successful force’s in the country and Med Hughes has personally been at the forefront of these achievements.”

Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP and former Home Secretary David Blunkett said: “Med Hughes will be sorely missed as he has helped to turn around the morale and motivation of the force and overseen a massive drop in crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Mr Hughes became the first Chief Constable in the country to speak out over the impact of Government funding cuts, which will see South Yorkshire having to save £43m over the next four years.