Nottinghamshire Police’s Chief Constable is leaving to take up a new post in Cyprus.

Chris Eyre joined the force in June 2010 as Deputy Chief Constable and was promoted in August 2012 to his current position.

He will be leaving on June 23 of this year to start his new venture overseas with the Sovereign Base Area Police.

Mr Eyre said: “I am proud of all the officers and staff I have had the privilege of leading during my six years here. Together we have shown that this is one of the finest forces in the country.”

Newly re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping was one of many who wished the Chief Constable well and thanked him for his service.

Mr Tipping said: “Chris Eyre has been an outstanding Chief Constable for Nottinghamshire. Crime in the county is falling faster than almost anywhere else in the UK and Nottinghamshire Police is the fastest improving police force in England and Wales.

“This is all as a result of Chris’s work as Chief Constable over the last six years. I wish him well in his challenging new role.”

Deputy Chief Constable Sue Fish has postponed her retirement to replace Chris Eyre in his Chief Constable role.

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Torr will then take over from Mrs Fish.

Mr Tipping added: “I’m delighted that Sue Fish has decided to delay her retirement until March 31, 2017. Both Sue and I agree that it’s important to have continuity in leadership of the top team.

“Her decision reflects, once again, her commitment over many years to Nottinghamshire Police. I’m extremely grateful to her.”

Mrs Fish has many accolades including an OBE for services to policing and being named Woman of the Year by Nottingham’s Business Awards in 2008.

Decisions are yet to be made about Simon Torr’s replacement as Assistant Chief Constable but are due to be made shortly.