Bury's top police officer moving on - after only two weeks in the job

Ch Supt Annette Anderson

Ch Supt Annette Anderson

First published in News Bury Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

BURY’S top police officer has announced she is moving on — less than two weeks after taking on the role.

Last month, the Bury Times revealed Rochdale Chief Superintendent Annette Anderson would become Bury’s Chief Superintendent, replacing Tim Forber as part of a countywide shake-up to save money.

She took over on March 3 and, on March 14, announced she would be moving on to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, which assess how police forces perform.

Her leaving date and replacement have not yet been announced, nor has her replacement.

But there is discontent among rank and file officers who are concerned about the “instability” at the top.

One officer told The Bury Times: “Annette was the fourth divisional commander we have had in 16 months. The one before that (Jon Rush) was there for five years.

“Every new chief understandably wants to introduce their own way of doing things and we are all ready to implement their wishes, only for them to leave.”

Another said: “So we are due another chief super. We don’t know who and don’t know when and, with such endless fluidity at the top, I have to say many don’t care who or when.”

Ch Supt Anderson, pictured, was unavailable for comment this week.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, of Greater Manchester, Police, said: “We are in the process of deciding on a new appointment for the position of Chief Superintendent and a decision will be made in due course.

“As part of our restructure, the divisional commander post was reviewed across the force and a decision was made to no longer have one per division and Bury will share one with Rochdale.

“However, there will continue to be superintendents responsible for operational policing as well as our neighbourhood policing teams who look after the communities across Bury.”

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