New Deputy Chief Constable appointed by Herts Police

A NEW Deputy Chief Constable with a “wealth of experience” to lead the force through the planned funding cuts has been appointed by Herts Police.

Heather Valentine has over 30 years’ experience in the force, spending 28 years with the MET and joining Herts police force in 2007 as Assistant Chief Constable. More recently, Heather has been the Temporary Deputy Chief Constable.

Chair of the Police Authority, Stuart Nagler, said: “Heather has proven her ability to lead officers and staff through extremely difficult periods of change and her skills, knowledge and strengths will prove invaluable as we face the challenging times ahead.”

Heather is currently leading Project 2015 which aims to identify and implement efficiency savings throughout the police force in preparation for the �36m funding cut over the next four years. She is also the lead for performance and quality of service, legal services and all 24 hour response.

She said: “I have spent three and a half incredibly happy and productive years with the Hertfordshire Constabulary. We have started an important programme of change and I am honoured to be able to carry this work on as the Deputy Chief Constable.”

Heather lives in Harrow and has two sons.