Notts Police Deputy Chief Constable Paul Scarrott to retire
ONE of the highest-ranking officers in Notts Police has announced he is leaving the force.
Deputy Chief Constable Paul Scarrott said he was retiring after spending much of the last three years having to live away from his family because of his job.
He becomes the second high-ranking officer to announce he is leaving in less than five months.
Paul Broadbent left his job as an Assistant Chief Constable in December after announcing his retirement from the force in October after 30 years’ service.
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He is now chief executive of the Nottingham-based Gangmasters Licensing Authority.
Mr Scarrott said: “Having completed 30 years of service, I feel the time is right now to retire.
“It’s been a difficult decision to reach. The force has made some astonishing improvements in recent years in reducing crime and enhancing community safety.
“But it is still on a journey in terms of performance improvement and reorganisation, all against the backdrop of stringent financial circumstances.
“However, having lived away from home for three years I very much want to spend more time at home with my wife and to see more of my children, and, a difficult decision though this has been, I feel it is the right one.”
Mr Scarrott will leave in June, and the force said job adverts will be published this week to start the process to appoint his successor, together with an advert to appoint a new Assistant Chief Constable after Mr Broadbent left.
Ian Waterfield is currently filling Mr Broadbent’s old role on a temporary basis.
Mr Scarrott, 51, joined the force as Assistant Chief Constable (Local Policing) in June 2010 from West Midlands Police and succeeded Chris Eyre as Deputy Chief Constable in May last year when Mr Eyre was promoted to Chief Constable - the most senior role in the force.
Mr Eyre said: “In the three years Paul has been with the force he has played an immeasurable role, as Assistant Chief Constable in transforming our local policing service and as Deputy Chief Constable in leading the programme of reorganisation and change.
“He has dedicated his adult life to serving the public, with great integrity, dedication and professionalism, and on both a local, regional and national stage, his departure will be felt.”
Notts Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping said: “I’m sorry he is going - he has been a real force for change in Notts Police but he’s done his 30 years of service and he wants to spend more time with his family.
“I’m meeting with the Chief Constable on Tuesday (Mar 12) to talk about the timetable for his replacement.”