Top police have been nominated as the ‘preferred candidate’ to become the next chief constable of the West Midlands Police.

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Craig Guildford is set to become the next chief of the West Midlands Police – sent to make the force more representative of the communities it serves. Region Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster announced him today, Friday, June 24, as his “preferred candidate.”

The 48-year-old is due to appear before the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel next month to confirm his appointment. He will replace the outgoing Sir David Thompson, who has been in the role since 2016 and withdrew after the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The announcement came after the Police and Crime Commission (PCC) election process. During the evaluation, the candidates were grilled by a panel of youth from the area, representatives of stakeholders of partner agencies, staff and officers, and finally a formal interview with the panel chaired by the PCC.

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“I’m delighted to announce Craig Guildford as my favorite candidate to be the next Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police,” Mr Foster said. “Craig will be responsible for working with me to deliver my core commitment to police and crime planning and community policing reconstruction.

Chief Constable for West Midlands Police Dave Thompson
(Photo: Birmingham Mail)

“I also expect the incoming Chief Constable to reduce crime and recruit West Midlands Police to make them look like the communities they serve. Is one that I will do while in the office.

“Craig will be responsible for crime prevention and dealing with ensuring that the West Midlands is a safe and secure place for people to live and work. He is a great police leader and I Looking forward to working with them.

“Sir David has been an outstanding Chief Constable and will continue to lead the force at the Commonwealth Games and through the end of the year. Had to deal

Mr Guildford said: “I am delighted to be the preferred candidate to be the next Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police. I can’t do that either. Wait for the West Midlands communities to get to know them and help make their streets safer.

“The Chief Constable of the West Midlands Police is one of the top police jobs in the country. It is an honor to come forward for this role. Sir David Thompson has been an excellent Chief Constable and I wish him well.

“After five years as the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire, I would be sad to leave a force that has some excellent police officers and staff, but I look forward to this new challenge.”

Sir David said: “I am delighted that Craig has been announced as the preferred candidate. He is an experienced and capable police leader who has a lot to offer the West Midlands.”

The exact handover date will be announced after a police and crime panel meeting next month. Under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, the PCC is responsible for the appointment of Chief Constables.

Following the assessment, the PCC will soon formally notify the police and crime panel of the preferred candidate. The panel should consider the appointment within three weeks and hold a public confirmation hearing. It is expected on July 25.

The panel will then give an opinion on whether the candidate should be appointed for this role or not. The panel has the power to veto PCC choices, but must do so by a two-thirds majority. If the panel approves the preferred candidate, the PCC will be able to appoint the next Chief Constable.

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