Conference is told the current chief of HMIC is likely to stay on.
Sir Denis Oâ€™Connor will remain as Her Majestyâ€™s Chief Inspector of Constabulary until after the Olympic Games at least, it is understood.
The Policing 2012 conference heard on June 12 that Sir Denis was likely to remain in post to help police through the Games â€“ in order to provide any advice to the Home Secretary or chief constables regarding policing issues, as he does currently.
â€œThe timing by the Home Secretary is regretful.â€
The man being lined up as his replacement, Tom Winsor, does not have any policing experience and his preferred candidacy had previously been questioned by staff associations. His potential appointment is yet to be debated by the Home Affairs Select Committee.
However, President of the Police Superintendents Association, Derek Barnet, told the conference he understood Sir Denis would stay in post for the Olympic Games.
He was officially set to retire on July 31.
This, it is understood, would make sense as even if a person was to be appointed fairly soon in Sir Denisâ€™ place, a reasonable notice period would generally be required.
Vice-Chairman of the Police Federation, Simon Reed, welcomed the news but said it had shown that the Home Officeâ€™s â€œrushâ€ to make a new appointment had been unnecessary.
He told the conference: â€œThe timing by the Home Secretary is regretful and the timing could have waited for us to have completed some of those negotiations (over the Winsor proposals).
â€œThere was no rush to do this- we have just heard Sir Denis Oâ€™Connor is going to hang around anyway.â€
As this story went live, the Home Office was unable to confirm how long Sir Denis would remain in place for.
However the Games officially close on August 12 in the capital.
Sir Denis ‘To Stay On For Olympics’