Suffolk’s former deputy chief constable will step into the role of chief constable in April, if a police panel confirms his appointment. Steve Jupp, who recently retired as deputy chief constable, was chosen for the role by police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore and an appointments panel. Tim Passmore said: “I am very pleased to propose Steve Jupp as the next chief constable of Suffolk. “This was a unanimous decision by the interview panel. Steve was a strong candidate, and impressed us with his forthright commitment to public service and delivering for the people of Suffolk.” Steve joined Suffolk Police in 2015 from Nottinghamshire Police where, in his role as assistant chief constable, he was responsible for crime investigation and reduction. His policing career has had a particular focus on tackling serious and organised crime and has seen him occupy key senior posts including that of detective chief superintendent at West Midlands Police. He has also served with the Metropolitan Police Service. Mr Passmore added: “I have no doubt that he is the right person to lead the Constabulary in its delivery of my police and crime plan.” The Police and Crime Panel’s chief constable confirmation hearing, which is a public meeting, will be held at Endeavour House at 10.30am on Friday, January 25. If the Police and Crime Panel confirms the appointment, Steve will take up his new role when the current chief constable, Gareth Wilson, retires in April.