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New Chief Officer for Dorset Special Constabulary

On Sunday, 6 September 2015, Dorset Police officially appointed Mrs Anthi Minhinnick as the new Special Constabulary Chief Officer.

Following the completion of Debi Potter’s six-year tenure as the Chief Officer of the Dorset Police Special Constabulary, Anthi Minhinnick has now been formally attested to fill the prestigious voluntary position.

Dorset Police Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan said: “I am delighted to announce that Mrs Minhinnick has been successful in her application as the new Chief Officer of our Special Constabulary.

“Anthi has a wealth of experience, having worked within the criminal justice system for more than 10 years and I am very pleased that she will be joining the team.

“In order to select an appropriate candidate we placed a strong focus on not only opening recruitment from within the Special Constabulary but welcoming applications from other internal areas within the Force as well as entirely external applications. 

“I would like to offer my congratulations to Mrs Minhinnick and look forward to working closely with her to support and develop the Special Constabulary and help make Dorset safer.”

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, Martyn Underhill commented: “The Special Constabulary is a vital resource to the police service and offers reassurance to our communities.

"I am delighted that Anthi has been appointed as the new Chief Officer. Her experience in leadership and criminal justice makes her the ideal candidate to represent our Special Constabulary, with the significant responsibility of maintaining and developing the Special Constabulary as an effective policing service.”

Anthi Minhinnick began her career in criminal justice with the Metropolitan Police Force, working as a Problem Solving Advisor for Safer Neighbourhoods and the Prolific and Other Priority Offended Scheme.

In 2005 Anthi re-located to Dorset and took on the role of Partnership and Performance Coordinator within the Community Safety Team at the Borough of Poole. Between 2006 and 2008 Anthi took on various community safety related functions before formally taking on the role of Community Safety Partnership Manager in 2008.

Anthi has extensive knowledge in the areas of Public Protection and in 2014 joined Dorset Police as a Volunteer working with the Paedophile Online Investigation Team.

Anthi holds a BA (hons) degree in Public Relations and Media, is a trained Strategic Crime Analyst and also holds an NVQ Level 4 in Management.

She is married to Ross and they have two children aged four and three. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time at various parks and beaches with her family.

Anthi comments on her new role: “I am privileged to have been appointed into the Chief Office role, after my passion for community safety led me to apply for the position.

"The Dorset Police Special Constabulary consists of dedicated, inspirational individuals who devote their time to safeguarding and protecting the people of Dorset. I hope my existing knowledge and experience will enable me to promote and lead the constabulary as a strong resource for Dorset.”

Issued: 8 September 2015

Mrs Anthi Minhinnick as the new Special Constabulary Chief Officer