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Gloucestershire's new deputy chief constable reveals his vision for the role

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: April 20, 2013

enthusiasm: Rod Hansen.

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ROD Hansen, Gloucestershire police's new deputy chief constable hopes to ensure a smooth transition to the force's regime.

The 47-year-old secured the role as second in command at Gloucestershire Constabulary this week and is hoping to start on May 13.

He will work under the newly appointed chief constable, Suzette Davenport, and Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl.

The dad-of-two said: "It is a new regime and I see a key part of my role as supporting them and also becoming the engineer of their visions – turning them into action for the benefit of the public."

Mr Hansen, from South Gloucestershire, will be making the move from neighbouring force Avon and Somerset Constabulary, where he is currently the assistant chief constable.

The keen horseman said: "This job gave me the opportunity, not only to progress in my career, but also work in a force full of talented staff.

"I have already met a lot of the operational staff and the organisation is riddled with talent and a really strong sense of pride."

He believes the two beats have similarities and has already been out on patrol with the force in Gloucester and Cirencester.

Living six miles over the county's borders, Mr Hansen, said he is a regular visitor to Gloucestershire and regularly takes his sons on mountain bike trails in the Forest of Dean.

He will be based at Police HQ in Waterwells, Gloucester.

During his policing career, which started in September 1998, Mr Hansen had a wealth of overseas experience, with stints in some of the most dangerous parts of Africa.

Mr Hansen will be stepping down from his current work as adviser to the military Joint Task Force Headquarters.

He will continue in his role as the Association of Chief Police Officer's lead for the national mounted police working group.

The current temporary deputy chief constable Kevin Lambert will return to his post as assistant chief constable.

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  • AntiWinsor  |  April 20 2013, 2:12PM

    "The ideal of the local officer working the beat needs to be realised in Gloucestershire." "...the officers and staff of the Gloucestershire Constabulary to police our county with good humour, courtesy and respect to all of us." These are some of the visions Rod will make reality. If this sounds good to you give Rod all the support you can.

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  • raidermanuk  |  April 20 2013, 11:14AM

    "During his policing career, which started in September 1998" Meteoric rise then TiG? Should be 1988.