Nick Adderley and Stephen Mold pictured outside The Guildhall in Northampton following the Police, Fire and Crime Panel meeting

Nick Adderley has been confirmed to continue as the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police, by a meeting of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel.

Mr Adderley was originally appointed in August 2018 on a five-year contract, with his contract running out in the summer of 2023. He will now remain as Chief Constable for a further period of two and half years, with the option to extend by mutual agreement.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold had informed the Panel in December 2022 that he believed Mr Adderley was still the right person to remain at the helm and continue to lead Northamptonshire Police as it works to improve performance.

However, complex tax and pension rules mean it would have been financially detrimental to Mr Adderley to simply extend his contract for a further term. He will take a short break of 34 days from the end of February, before returning as Chief Constable at the beginning of April.

During this time a Temporary Chief Constable – who will be announced in due course – will continue to deliver the service improvements that Mr Adderley is overseeing at Northamptonshire Police.

Stephen Mold said: “I am delighted that the Police, Fire and Crime Panel have approved my recommendation for Nick to continue in his role as Chief Constable.

“When taking this decision, I listened closely to the views of police officers and staff as well as partner agencies, and they confirmed my view that this was the right decision and now was not the right time to change Chief Constable.

“It was important to accept Nick’s personal needs and I believe this decision will ensure stability and continue the improvements we have already seen since Nick became the Chief Constable in 2018.

“Nick is the best person possible to continue this journey and ensure that the residents of Northamptonshire have increased confidence in their police force, and I will continue to work with him to ensure the highest of standards are achieved.”

Nick Adderley said: “Firstly, I would like to thank the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Mold, for his confidence and support in allowing me to continue with my ambition of making Northamptonshire one of the safest counties in the country, and to extend my thanks to the Police, Fire and Crime Panel for their endorsement.

“Through the support of the public, partners and the dedicated men and women of this force, I have every confidence that this ambition will be achieved over the next couple of years.

“The reality though is that we still have more work to do to ensure the sustainability and trajectory of our performance improvements to date; this will not be without challenge.

“My commitment to Northamptonshire Police and to the public of Northamptonshire remains resolute and focused in ensuring that we become an outstanding public service and one to be proud of.”