Ian Learmonth to leave the job in January 2014 after 40 years of public service.
The Chief Constable of Kent has announced he will retire after a 40 year career in the Police Service.
Ian Learmonth (pictured), who joined the service in 1974 as a cadet and is married with children and a grandchild, said he will stand down as of January next year.
His service was praised by Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes, who said that his progression through the ranks was testament to his “professionalism and leadership skills”.
She added: “During his time in Kent, he has not only had to deal with the pressures considered normal for such a high rank, but he has had to lead the force through a period of unprecedented change relating to the most severe budget cutbacks in living memory.”
CC Learmonth, the national policing lead on public order, originally joined Essex Police and has served in a number of different roles, including working as a dog handler and becoming Inspector for Harlow Division in 1989.
His later served as Superintendent before becoming a temporary Assistant Chief Constable responsible for crime.
CC Learmonth returned to his native Scotland in 2005, becoming an ACC with Strathclyde Police, where he served in operational support. He returned south of the border two years later as Deputy Chief in Norfolk, before taking up his post in Kent in 2010.
He said: “Forty years’ public service is a significant milestone, and a good time to reflect. The timing of retirement is not an easy thing to think about, but I have decided to do so in January. It has been a real privilege to lead Kent Police in the service of the people of Kent.
“The force has the best officers and staff I have ever come across – totally dedicated in their duty to protecting and serving the public. I leave with immense feelings of pride in what they have achieved in my three and a half years as Chief Constable, and to have had the honour to lead Kent Police has been both humbling and inspiring.”
Kent Chief Constable announces retirement