Head of Peterborough police takes up new role with Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Departing Area Commander Superintendent Tony Ixer EMN-140225-120300001
Departing Area Commander Superintendent Tony Ixer EMN-140225-120300001
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Peterborough’s police chief says he is very proud to have been in charge of the city’s force after accepting a new post within Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

Supt Tony Ixer leaves his role as Peterborough Area Commander on Saturday in order to become Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime.

The change comes amidst a re-shuffle at the force after the retirement of chief constable Simon Parr.

The new head of the city’s police force is Supt Melanie Dales, previously the force’s head of corporate development. Her previous duties included information management, legal services and looking at the performance of the force.

Supt Ixer Peterborough’s police chief in February 2014. He said: “I am very proud to have been the commander here at Peterborough and to have been a member of the SaferPeterborough Partnership.

“In the 18 months that I have been here my officers and staff have responded to over 100,000 incidents where people called us for help. Many of these incidents involved them putting themselves at risk in order to come to the aid of the public.

“My officers and staff conduct themselves with committment and compassion and provide an outstanding service to the people of Peterborough.

“Over the last four years at Cambridgeshire police we have already had to make incredibly difficult choices about priorities, focusing on threat, risk and harm, and protecting vulnerable people. We know that there will be even more difficult choices to come as we strive to cope with the huge reductions in our budget whilst continuing to provide an effective service.

“We still face many challenges in Peterborough and I know that Mel will arrive with a fresh perspective and new ideas to lead our policing team through them.”