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Meet Devon and Cornwall Police's new Assistant Chief Constable...

Meet Devon and Cornwall Police's new Assistant Chief Constable...

Published by Emma Carton at 9:22am 15th May 2019. (Updated at 5:10pm 15th May 2019)

Devon and Cornwall Police have appointed a new Assistant Chief Constable - the man once dubbed Britain's sexiest copper!

You might remember Jim Colwell as being the officer who led the investigation into the Padstow speedboat tragedy.

Hundreds of people posted to Facebook when he was promoted to Chief Superintendent back in 2016.

Among the posts - 'fancy getting arrested' and 'officer it was me, honestly'.

Some called the comments 'sexist', saying it would be different if it was a female officer.

At the time of being promoted to Chief Superintendent, it was revealed that Jim joined the force from Leicester University.

He rose through the ranks from a bobby on the beat in Plymouth, to a key officer investigating high profile cases.

Chief Superintendent James Colwell will take up his new role in July, after a competitive selection process held late last week.

Previously been the Devon BCU commander, Jim has been promoted after completing the strategic command course earlier this year.

"Following a strong selection process, I'm proud to welcome Chief Superintendent Colwell to become Assistant Chief Constable.

"Jim has policed across Devon, Cornwall and Plymouth throughout his career so brings exceptional experience to my command team and the wider communities of the region".

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer

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