Staffordshire’s Chief Constable is to retire from her post next year.
Jane Sawyers will step down from the role after more than 32 years of service in the county.
She has already discussed her decision with Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.
“I will support him in appointing the right person to replace me as Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police,” she said.
“I remain 100% committed to the work of Staffordshire Police and will do until the day I retire. I have no intention of easing up or slowing down in my commitment to lead the force and serve the public of Staffordshire. There is still a great deal to do before I retire and a new chief is appointed.
“This has not been an easy decision to make but I believe Staffordshire Police will continue to build on its enormous strengths, continue to challenge itself to improve and continue to keep the communities of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent safe and reassured in the future.”
Mr Ellis paid tribute to his outgoing Chief Constable, citing her lengthy service and work alongside him to modernise the force.
He said: “Jane Sawyers has served the police for over 32 years. We discussed some months ago when she would be seeking to retire and she indicated next year.
“There will be a lengthy process to recruit a new Chief Constable but there is no rush to do so and everything will stay the same for the foreseeable future.”