CHESHIRE Police is now inviting applications as the force seeks a new chief constable.

Police and crime commissioner David Keane has launched a recruitment drive in a bid to find a successor for current top cop Darren Martland, who will be retiring later this year.

The PCC is on the lookout for a ‘high-performing chief officer with a passion for providing a visible police service to help build on the work already undertaken to deliver a first-class policing service’ in the county.

Mr Keane said: “At Cheshire Constabulary, we have committed to developing a truly local community policing model that puts residents at the heart of the service.

“The incredible work of our dedicated workforce and volunteers has been recognised in the consistent positive ratings from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire and Rescue Services.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is passionate about leading a police service based in the heart of its communities and that instils confidence in its residents.

“I want to work with our new chief constable to build on the strong foundations established under the leadership of outgoing chief constable Darren Martland.

“The successful applicant will also have the necessary skills and experience to work within the complex and challenging environment in which modern day policing operates.

“This will include driving forward innovation and partnership working and to embed a problem-solving ethos when it comes to tackling the priority issues in each of our communities.

“I also need a chief constable who is able to deliver an effective police service within the increasingly challenging economic environment we face.

“I look forward to working with the new chief constable to ensure Cheshire remains one of the safest counties in the country.”

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Sunday, January 31.