South Yorkshire Police to recruit new deputy chief constable on £125,000 a year as ex-Marine retires

Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt, who is retiring at the end of the year
Deputy Chief Constable Andy Holt, who is retiring at the end of the year

South Yorkshire Police are recruiting a new deputy chief constable who will be paid a salary of almost £125,000 per year.

The job is being advertised due to the forthcoming retirement of current deputy chief constable Andy Holt, who is set to leave the force at the end of the year.

The new recruit will be based at force headquarters in Carbrook, Sheffield, and will be paid £124,716 per year, plus expenses.

According to the advert on the South Yorkshire Police website, candidates to replace Mr Holt, who is a former Royal Marine, will need ‘integrity, strategic insight, operational credibility and be a good team player’.

The advertisement said whoever gets the jobs will have to be ‘comfortable in handling the acute financial challenges which lie ahead’ as the force continues to deal with Government cuts.

The force is attempting to make savings of more than £17m this year - partly as a result of a £9.6m cut in Government funding.

The advertisement added: “This is an unrivalled opportunity for you to play a key part in leading a police force which is large enough to offer professional challenges, yet small enough for you to have personal impact.”

The recruitment process will see applications sent in by July 23, with interviews taking place in early September.

Mr Holt has been with South Yorkshire Police since 2006, initially joining the force as assistant chief constable.

He was responsible for both specialist operations and territorial operations before assuming the role of deputy chief constable in March 2013.

Mr Holt’s work has also seen him overseeing South Yorkshire Police’s external enquiries team, with its job in recent years focusing on issues related to the Hillsborough disaster, Orgreave and the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham.

He is also Association of Chief Police Officers’ national lead on police pursuits.

Prior to joining the police service, he served as an officer in HM Royal Marines and saw active service in both Northern Ireland and the Falklands.

On leaving the Royal Marines in 1982, he set up a business in Stockport before joining Greater Manchester Police in 1986.

During his 20 years service in Greater Manchester Police he completed a degree at Manchester Metropolitan University and went on to command a sub-division in Moss Side, Manchester.

In 2003 he was promoted to chief superintendent and subsequently commanded both the Bury and Trafford Divisions of GMP.

Whilst working as the commander of Manchester’s Trafford division, he was the police commander at Manchester United’s Old Trafford football ground for many Premier League fixtures, as well as a number of England games while Wembley Stadium was being rebuilt.