Lincolnshire Deputy police chief calls it a day

Keith Smy

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Lincolnshire Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Keith Smy is to retire from the force this Friday.

His career spanned three decades and he was a key figure in a project which saw the East, West and South Division merge.

Although his career in policing began in Staffordshire in 1984, Smy started at Lincolnshire Police five years ago as Assistant Chief Constable with the Safer Neighbourhoods portfolio.

Smy had grown-up in Billinghay in Lincolnshire but before joining the county force, he was responsible for Protective Services in Staffordshire.

In his five years in Lincolnshire, Smy spearheaded the ‘whole force’ policing model by merging the East, West and South Divisions.

He also delivered a multi-agency approach to dealing with violence and anti-social behaviour — Operations Fusion (crime reduction) and NOVA (say NO to violence and abuse) were his ideas and they will continue beyond his retirement.

He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career and was honoured to be appointed to Lincolnshire in 2009. That was against stiff competition and I hope I have repaid the faith the selection panel showed in me.

“When I applied to Lincolnshire, some of my colleagues thought I was taking a backward step moving to a relatively small force with financial problems and limited resources.

“But I disagreed and have relished the challenge and been proud to work with a team of people passionate about delivering excellent policing services at good value for the public purse.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick paid tribute to his tireless efforts.

He said: “All of us who have had the pleasure of working with Keith will miss his enthusiasm and tenacity. Above all, Keith embodies public service at its best and I wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Chief constable Neil Rhodes added: “Keith has been a devoted servant of Lincolnshire Police and the public for the last five years of his 30 years of distinguished service.

“He has maintained his enthusiasm and commitment throughout – from the moment he arrived until the moment he leaves. He and his constantly affable nature will be sorely missed by us all, as friend, colleague and highly experienced police officer who was able to bring so much to the Lincolnshire Police table! We wish him well in his retirement.”

Smy is to return to Staffordshire in retirement, not only to be closer to his family but to pursue a number of other ambitions.