New deputy chief constable for Essex Police
Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Andy Prophet, who has served Essex Police for the entirety of his 25-year career, is the force’s next deputy chief constable.
His appointment by Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington follows the departure of current DCC Pippa Mills, who is the new chief constable of West Mercia.
ACC Prophet said: “My entire career has been in this county and it has been my pleasure to protect and serve people across Essex for more than two decades. To be able to do it as a deputy chief constable will be an even greater privilege.
“The Essex Police mission is clear: to catch criminals, protect people and keep people safe. I will work tirelessly, supporting the chief constable, to develop our people and our partnerships to do just that.”
He started his policing career in 1996 at Thurrock, where he spent six years on the beat as a constable in Corringham and Grays.
Following promotion to sergeant, he moved to Southend, where he undertook roles of shift supervisor, custody officer and then led a proactive team to tackle drug-dealing, burglary and street crime in the district.
After five years as a detective inspector, he became a district commander for the first time. He has since served as local policing commander for the south of the county and for West Essex. During his time in the west of the county, he forged strong links with three bordering Metropolitan police boroughs to tackle criminals travelling from London into Essex.
In early 2017, he was promoted to ACC for local policing and public protection, and last year he took on responsibility for the operational policing command and contact management.