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Dorset's Chief Constable Resigns

Chief Constable Martin Baker

5:21pm 7th September 2012

The Chief Constable of Dorset Police is stepping down after almost a decade in the role.

Martin Baker, who won the Queen's Police Medal in 2006 after nearly 40 years serving as a police officer, resigned yesterday, saying he "felt the time was right".

"I consider it a privilege to have been the Chief Constable of such an excellent Force, the success of which has been entirely due to the commitment, drive and ability of our police officers, police staff, Special Constables and volunteers who - every minute of every hour, of every day - work to make Dorset even safer," he said.

He added: "I would particularly like to thank my wife and my three daughters for their immense support throughout my policing career, they have cheerfully endured all of the house moves and the endless new schools and I cannot fully express to them my immense gratitude."

Mr Baker, who took over the job in January 2005, will be succeeded by Deputy Chief Constable Debbie Simpson on October 1st. She said: "I have been overwhelmed by the welcome I have received since joining Dorset Police and am looking forward to taking over as Chief Constable of a top performing Force."

Assistant Chief Constable Adrian Whiting, who was recently heavily involved in keeping the Weymouth & Portland Olympic and Paralympic Games safe, will take over the job of Acting Deputy Chief Constable. 

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