LINCOLNSHIRE Police Chief Constable Richard Crompton has announced his intention to retire.
He joined Lincolnshire Police in August 2004 as Deputy Chief Constable, having previously served in Cumbria and Devon & Cornwall.
Mr Crompton said he had made his decision for both personal and professional reasons.
Primarily however having led the force through great change, he said he believed it was now the right time to step aside and allow another to take up the reins.
“In April the force commences a new contract with its strategic partner and the Chief Constable believes it is right that fresh leadership has the opportunity to shape and develop that crucial relationship,” said a force spokesperson.