Deputy Chief Constable announces sudden retirement

The deputy chief constable of North Yorkshire Police will retire suddenly this weekend after 31 years in the job.

Adam Briggs has requested to retire on Sunday 6 February and the North Yorkshire Police Authority has agreed to that request.

Jane Kenyon, Chairman of the Authority, said: “Adam Briggs has been a fine police officer during his 31 years’ service. His contribution has been respected and valued by the communities he has served in Cleveland, West and North Yorkshire. We wish Adam well in his retirement”.

Mr Briggs came to North Yorkshire almost four years ago and in that time has enjoyed a significant reduction in crime, people killed and seriously injured on the roads and anti-social behaviour.

This week DCC Briggs said: “I am fortunate to have enjoyed a great career with the police service and I wish to express my respect to the men and women whom I have so enjoyed serving with.

“They work hard every day, both police officers and police staff serving our communities with distinction. They deliver an excellent service, whatever the weather, the challenges and threats they face. I am proud to have served with them”.

Just days before announcing his retirement he criticised the police authority over the use of time and resources of investigating whether or not he followed correct procedures after hiring a private firm specialising in leadership coaching.

In December he had a run in with the Independent Police Complaints Commission over claims senior officers helped family members during a recruitment drive in February last year.