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Surrey Police Federation

Acting Surrey Chief Constable in line for permanent role

19 March 2019

Acting Surrey Police Chief Constable Gavin Stephens has been named as the PCC’s preferred candidate for the permanent role.

He stepped into the job from his position as Deputy Chief Constable following CC Nick Ephgrave’s move to the Met earlier this year.

The appointment of acting CC Stephens will be subject to a confirmation hearing by Surrey’s Police and Crime Panel next month.

PCC David Munro said: “Gavin has the skills, experience and passion to lead Surrey Police into an exciting future ahead and I am delighted to offer the post of Chief Constable to him. I have every confidence that he will be an outstanding leader for the force.”

Gavin, an officer at Surrey Police since 1996, said he ‘was absolutely delighted’ to have been offered the role.

“I’ve always been proud to be a constable in Surrey police and I passionately believe that Surrey police has a bright future ahead building on the firm foundations put in place by Nick Ephgrave over recent years.

“We have a duty, together with our partners, to keep our communities safe, and feeling safe.  As we’ve seen over this weekend this is a responsibility that extends from neighbourhood to national security.

“I’m privileged to lead, and work with, so many talented people who are dedicated to making Surrey a great place to live, work and visit.  I look forward to working with you all to make Surrey Police an outstanding organisation, which plays a central role in the success of our county.”

Gavin is also the NPCC Lead for Neighbourhood Policing, Police Community Support Officers, Social Media and Digital Engagement.