Council welcomes appointment of new chief constable

Bridgend County Borough Council has welcomed the appointment of Jeremy Vaughan as Chief Constable of South Wales Police. 

The appointment was announced this week by the Police and Crime Panel for South Wales, which is chaired by Councillor Richard Young.

It follows recent news that current Chief Constable Matt Jukes has accepted a role as Assistant Commissioner at the Metropolitan Police. 

A former Assistant Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable, Mr Vaughan began his career by joining North Wales Police in 1996. His latest appointment will see him leading Wales’ largest police force when he takes up the new role on 7 November.

Councillor Richard Young, Cabinet Member for Communities and Chair of the Police and Crime Panel for South Wales, said: “I’d like to congratulate Jeremy Vaughan and welcome him to his new role as Chief Constable of South Wales Police.

“Given the critical responsibilities of the role, it was essential to ensure that it is undertaken by someone with the right qualities, skills and experience, and I have no doubt that Mr Vaughan will prove to be an excellent Chief Constable.”

Council Leader Huw David added: “I’d like to thanks Matt Jukes for all that he has done as Chief Constable, especially given the unique challenges that recent years have presented.

“As part of the panel which interviewed the candidates, I was pleased to be able to support the comprehensive appointment process and can confirm that it was a very strong and competitive field.

“Bridgend County Borough Council will continue to work alongside Jeremy Vaughan and South Wales Police as we jointly seek to provide essential services for local residents.”