We can confirm that Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Mike Veale has been chosen as the preferred candidate for the role of Chief Constable at Cleveland Police (subject to confirmation from their Police and Crime Panel) and he has accepted this offer.
Chief Constable Veale said: "It has been a very difficult decision to make, after serving here in Wiltshire for 13 years and the wider West Country for almost 34 years.
"However, I feel it is the right time for a new challenge and it is for that reason that I plan to make this move.
"I would like to publicly thank my officers and staff for their unwavering support for me during my tenure as Wiltshire Police Chief Constable."
The Cleveland Police and Crime Panel will meet on January 23 to confirm this appointment.