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New CPS role for county’s top cop

PUBLISHED: 14:22 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:26 23 August 2010

THE county s outgoing top cop has officially been appointed to the role of Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Chief Constable Michael Fuller was selected by Attorney General Baroness Scotland as her preferred candidate for the role i

THE county's outgoing top cop has officially been appointed to the role of Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Chief Constable Michael Fuller was selected by Attorney General Baroness Scotland as her preferred candidate for the role in December and his position was confirmed last Tuesday. He will take up the post in April.

The highest ranking black police officer in Britain, Mr Fuller has served as Chief Constable since January 2004 and has been widely praised for connecting with the people.

He said: "I am delighted to have been confirmed in the role... I will be leaving Kent with a sense of sadness after six very enjoyable years and I would like to pay tribute to all the officers and staff of the Kent force for their hard work and dedication.

"When I came to Kent I had a vision for policing that included a much more neighbourhood focused approach, with closer working with the local communities across the county.

"We have achieved that and worked with our partners to make Kent one of the safest places to live. Each policing district now has its own dedicated Neighbourhood Task Team in addition to the Neighbourhood Policing Teams. Each is able to rapidly respond to public concerns and that is just one example of the way in which we are tackling anti-social behaviour."

Having joined the Met in 1975, Mr Fuller served as a uniform officer and then detective before rising to deputy assistant commissioner, before being appointed Chief Constable in January 2004.

In his time, the number of police officers has increased by 263, police staff employees by 485 and PCSOs by 329 and there has been a reduction in overall crime by 22.9 per cent from 102,819 crimes reported per year to 79,276.

Ann Barnes, chair of the Kent Police Authority said: "Since his appointment here in Kent he has made a significant difference in raising the profile of the force.

"I would like to congratulate Mr Fuller on his new appointment and wish him every success in the future. He will be missed, but we have a strong senior team here in Kent who will take us forward in 2010.

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