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Home Secretary announces the reappointment of two Inspectors of Constabulary

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Dru Sharpling and Zoe Billingham have been reappointed as Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary.

The Home Secretary today announced that Zoe Billingham and Dru Sharpling have been reappointed as Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Constabulary.

They were originally appointed in September 2009 following a rigorous recruitment process which included approval by the Prime Minister and Her Majesty the Queen.

Zoe Billingham has responsibility for sixteen forces and leads the inspectorate’s work on value for money and engagement with Police and Crime Commissioners.

Dru Sharpling has responsibility for thirteen forces as well as the Criminal Justice Joint Inspectorate portfolio.

Home Secretary Theresa May said:

Dru Sharpling and Zoe Billingham have worked tirelessly over the last five years for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

They have brought a wealth of expertise to HMIC and have played an important role in improving the criminal justice response to vulnerable people and publishing significant reports such as HMIC’s Valuing the Police inspections.

I’m delighted to be able to reappoint them both as Inspectors of Constabulary for another five years.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Zoe Billingham said:

I am honoured to have been re-appointed as HM Inspector of Constabulary during this exciting period for the Inspectorate as we develop our new all-force inspections.

My HMIC colleagues demonstrate such commitment to inspecting the police in a way that leads to a better service to the public – I am delighted to play a continued part in this.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Dru Sharpling said:

I am honoured to have been re-appointed as HM Inspector of Constabulary. I look forward to playing my part in improving services the police provide to the most vulnerable people in our society and working alongside colleagues at HMIC who share the values of public service.

HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor said:

The reappointment of HMIs Zoe Billingham and Dru Sharpling is very good news for HMIC, the police service and the public. Their immense experience and professionalism in criminal justice inspection is enduringly invaluable, especially as HMIC undergoes the most significant enlargement of its workload in its history.

I look forward to working with them as we expand and intensify our service to the public.

The reappointments followed the normal process for Crown appointments and were approved by the Home Secretary, the Prime Minister and Her Majesty the Queen.