New chief constable takes up post in Bedfordshire
A new chief constable has taken up his position with Bedfordshire Police.
Alf Hitchcock comes from the National College of Police Leadership at the Police Staff College, in Bramshill, where he was deputy chief constable.
He said he was "delighted" to be appointed and optimistic for the future.
"During my initial visits I've been impressed by the enthusiasm of all the officers and staff," said Mr Hitchcock.
He takes over from Gillian Parker, who retired on 22 December.
"There are some really difficult challenges to be tackled in the coming years and I'm delighted to have the opportunity to address these with a force that is so forward thinking and positive about the future," he said.