Dyfed-Powys Police commissioner welcomes plans to allow foreign chief constables
THE Dyfed-Powys Police commissioner has welcomed plans to allow overseas officers to take charge of British constabularies.
Christopher Salmon, who is currently recruiting a new chief constable for the force, said the move was good news for the police and for the public.
Currently only British nationals are allowed to serve as police officers.
Tory commissioner Mr Salmon also welcomed Government plans to allow direct entry for candidates into senior ranks, rather than joining as constables and working their way up through the ranks as is the case now.
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He said: "This is good news for the police service and good news for the public.
"I welcome any suggestion that helps get the best possible candidates to lead the police, including allowing overseas applicants.
"Strong applicants with varied backgrounds will be good for the police service."
He added: "I would happily consider foreign applicants for the role.
"In the Army, I served with fantastic officers from across the Commonwealth — from Canada, Zimbabwe and South Africa. I've no doubt they enhanced our experience and capabilities and made us all stronger.
"I know British officers can compete with the best. The police service has nothing to fear in this and everything to gain."
He added that direct entry to senior ranks would offer more flexibility to senior police officer roles and bring "fresh ideas" to policing.
He said: "It's vital for the police service and the public that policing attracts the very best and most capable professionals. The police service needs strong leaders who can utilise the skills and the knowledge of the people around them to provide an effective and high quality policing service the public deserves."
The UK Government says reforming the recruitment process for senior officers would increase the "pool of talent" available to British police forces, and improve the service.
The Police Federation, which represents rank-and-file officers, has said it is opposed to people joining the service at any rank above that of constable.