Deputy Chief Constable John Feavyour will retire in August, after almost seven years serving with Cambridgeshire Constabulary.
Chief Constable Simon Parr said: “John has been, and will continue to be until his last day at work, a huge part of the improvements we have made as a force over the years.
“There is no doubt his decision to retire after 30 years’ service is a big loss for the force but he will leave behind a significant legacy of change and improvement in policing both here in Cambridgeshire and nationally.
Mr Feavyour said: “I have given the Chief Constable notice of my retirement now to allow time for my successor to be recruited before I leave. The future of policing will contain many challenges as the country faces increased financial pressures and expectations on policing just keep on going up in a context of growing populations and relentless developments in technology.
“I have been part of Cambridgeshire Constabulary during a time of massive improvements in what we do. I am very proud to have worked with so many outstanding colleagues who have shown over and over again what it means to be part of the public sector and to spend your working life helping others and I will miss all that after August. In the meantime it will be business as usual.”
The search for a new deputy chief constable begins and Mr Feavyour’s successor will be selected in June.
Mr Feavyour joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary in 2004 as Assistant Chief Constable at a time when the force was under huge pressure as a result of the tragic murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman in Soham. Under his leadership the force responded positively to the demands of the Bichard Inquiry and as a result contributed significantly to information sharing between forces.
He became temporary DCC in June 2005 and was made permanent in the role 18 months later. He led on the development of the Police National Computer (PNC) and for six years was the national ACPO lead on complaints and misconduct.
His career began with Leicestershire Constabulary in 1983 before he transferred to Northamptonshire Police in 1998 as a superintendent. He has a Diploma in Management Studies, a BSc in Mathematics from the Open University and a Diploma in Applied Criminology from Cambridge University.