Potential new top cop BJ pledges purge on violent crime

BJ Harrington.

ESSEX’S next top cop is likely to be BJ Harrington subject to a confirmation hearing by the Police, Fire and Crime Panel.

A former Met Police officer, BJ arrived in Essex as the Temporary Deputy Chief Constable in March 2017 and, since his appointment, has assumed national policing portfolio responsibility for events policing and training, tactics and equipment.

Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “Following a rigorous and transparent recruitment process, I’m pleased to announce Mr Harrington as my proposed candidate for the role of Chief Constable of Essex Police.”

The recruitment process for a job which, in 2016, paid £154,212, involved written exercises, media tests, psychometric testing and meetings with key stakeholders as well as an interview with an independent panel which included Thurrock Council chief executive Lyn Carpenter.

Ben-Julian Harrington said: “In the 14 months I have spent in the county I have seen up close the challenges officers, staff and volunteers face and the frustrations our communities feel.

“But above all what I see is a determination to do the best we all can to keep our county as safe as possible.”

He said: “My job will be to tackle violent crime whether its roots are in domestic violence or drug dealing, build on already strong relationships with community safety partners in Essex and our vital partnership with Kent Police, and make sure the people who put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect the public are themselves protected.”

Mr Hirst added: “Essex Police has come a long way over the last few years and this has been reflected by the independent inspections carried out by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services, the confidence of officers and the relationships they have with their local communities.

“Mr Harrington has made a significant contribution to this improvement and I am confident he will continue to deliver improvements for the people of Essex.”

And Mr Harrington said: “My job will be to tackle violent crime whether its roots are in domestic violence or drug dealing, build on already strong relationships with community safety partners in Essex and our vital partnership with Kent Police, and make sure the people who put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect the public are themselves protected.”

BJ is married to a serving officer and has two daughters.

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