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James Vaughan confirmed as permanent Chief Constable for Dorset

Dorset’s Police and Crime Panel has confirmed that current Chief Constable James Vaughan will continue the job in a permanent capacity.

James Vaughan, who was awarded a Queen’s Police Medal in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list, was appointed to the role at a Confirmation Hearing by the panel at County Hall in Dorchester on Thursday 7 February.

Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill, who interviewed Mr Vaughan for the role and proposed him to the panel, said: "I am delighted with the decision to appoint James Vaughan as the permanent Chief Constable of Dorset and I would like to congratulate him.

“He has shown excellent leadership skills over the last nine months and I am sure James will continue to perform an outstanding role leading the Force as we face the challenges that the next few years have in store.”

James Vaughan began his career in Wiltshire, in 1992, in various uniform and detective roles up to the rank of Chief Superintendent.

He joined Dorset Police as Assistant Chief Constable in 2012 and after being promoted to Deputy Chief Constable in 2013, led on strategic change, performance, professional standards, people and community focus, and media and communication.

He also led various regional programmes, including the forensic service collaboration and the strategic alliance with Devon and Cornwall Police.

In February 2017, Mr Vaughan was appointed Deputy Chief Constable (Chief Operating Officer) for the Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Strategic Alliance. In April 2018, he was appointed Temporary Chief Constable for Dorset.


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