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Habgood takes up Thames Valley Police chief constable role

Francis Habgood, Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police
Image caption Francis Habgood was deputy chief constable for the force

The new chief constable of the largest non-metropolitan police force in England and Wales has taken up his post.

Francis Habgood joined Thames Valley Police 11 years ago from West Yorkshire Police and has been deputy chief constable since 2008.

He replaces former chief Sara Thornton, now chair of the National Police Chiefs Council.

Mr Habgood said he was "honoured and privileged" to have been appointed.

An interim deputy chief constable is in place during the recruitment process.

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Image caption Sara Thornton will head up the body which is replacing the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo)

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