Wiltshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Wilkinson thanked Chief Constable Kier Pritchard for his dedication to policing.
He said: “Chief Constable Kier Pritchard has spent his career dedicated to policing in Wiltshire and I thank him for that public service and the years he has spent keeping the county’s residents safe. It has been evident to me, since I became PCC, just how much Kier loves policing and has relished being at the helm of Wiltshire Police.
“Under his leadership, Wiltshire Police faced one of the most challenging periods of its history with the nerve agent attack on Salisbury - not many Chief Constables can say they successfully dealt with an international incident on their first day in the job.
“I have enjoyed my time working closely with Kier and wish him all the best for the future with whatever challenges he chooses to take once retirement happens. In the meantime, we both remained focused on improving Wiltshire Police, delivering the police and crime plan and leading the force through the Engage process while proactively addressing those areas of concern raised in the latest PEEL assessment.”