Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Stephen Mold has thanked Chief Constable Paul Gibson for his time at the helm of Northamptonshire Police.

“Any police force would be lucky to have Paul as their Chief Constable, and I know he will be one soon,” Stephen said. “He came to us with a great reputation in policing, and it is easy to see how he has earned that.”

“Even in his relatively brief time here, Paul has dealt with some significant challenges, including serious disciplinary matters and a tragic murder in Northampton.  Whatever the challenge, Paul has risen to it.

“Paul Gibson has also ensured that the work to improve the performance of Northamptonshire Police has continued, and he has played a highly active role. He has brought a fresh perspective and he is leaving us with some interesting insights into areas where further improvements can be made.

“I’m grateful to Paul for the work he has done for us in Northamptonshire, and I know that close partnership will continue when he returns to his substantive role as head of the East Midlands special Operations Unit (EMSOU).”

Speaking on his last day, Friday 31 March, Chief Constable Paul Gibson said: “I want to say thank you to Northamptonshire Police for supporting my time here, I have thoroughly enjoyed it and feel so proud to have led the force as Chief Constable.

“In my travels around the county, it has emphasised to me that this is a great Force and continues to develop at pace to improve services to the public. There is an overwhelmingly positive outlook and a real passion for public service that is evident everywhere I have been.

“I would also like to thank PFCC Stephen Mold and his team for their support throughout my time here and his kind words.”

Nick Adderley returns as Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police on Monday 3 April.