One of the UK’s top police officers Sir Peter Fahy is to retire as Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP).
Sir Peter, originally from London, has been a police officer for more than three decades including serving as the chief constable for both Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
He will leave his £193,000-a-year post in October to take up a role as the chief executive of a charity.
In a statement Sir Peter said: “Following 34 years as a police officer including almost 13 years as a chief constable I have decided that now is the right time to leave policing. It has been a great privilege to serve the people of Greater Manchester and to lead the wonderfully dedicated staff of GMP.
“It has always been my intention to leave during the autumn of this year. I have led the force through four years of budget cuts and staffing reductions but despite this we have achieved significant improvements in service, increased public confidence and reduced crime and anti-social behaviour.
“It is now time for someone else to bring fresh ideas for what will be more challenging years ahead.
“The best part of my job has been to work with so many committed members of staff, members of partner organisations and so many active community members and charities.
“I would like to thank them for all the support they have given me and for the personal support I have received from police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd.
“I have been offered the post of chief executive of the children’s charity Retrak. Over the past five years I have worked with the charity on a voluntary basis with teams of GMP staff and colleagues from the Fire Service travelling to Uganda and Ethiopia to work with street children there.
“It is a great charity rescuing hundreds of children every year and with the potential to grow further. It fits in well with my interest in child protection and child welfare issues in this country.
“I am very excited by this new challenge.”