Wiltshire Police’s new Assistant Chief Constable, Detective Superintendent Deb Smith, has been in the Force for 21 years.

She replaces one of the current ACCs, Maggie Blyth, who is leaving to take up an ACC post and returning to Hampshire Constabulary. Former Supt Smith joined Wiltshire Police in 1999 and had a number of different roles, including Community Safety Inspector and a Detective Chief Inspector within Volume Crime.

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “I have known her and worked with her for many years and I know she brings with her a wealth of talent and experience, particularly given her previous role as Head of our Public Protection Department.

“I will be very sad to say goodbye to Maggie. The Force has benefited greatly from her leadership style and diversity of thought, and I am confident Maggie will continue to excel in her onward career in policing. We all wish her the very best for work in Hampshire.”

ACC Deb Smith said: “Having worked for the Force for 21 years, I have immense pride in the organisation as we have tremendous people working for us.

“I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with our staff, partners and the public and further developing and overseeing the fantastic work undertaken under ACC Blyth over the past 12 months.”