Death at 65 of ex-Cumbria police chief

Date: Wednesday 5th December 2007

FORMER CUMBRIA Chief Constable Alan Elliott who served the county for more than five years, has died aged 65.

FORMER CUMBRIA Chief Constable Alan Elliott who served the county for more than five years, has died aged 65.

Cumbria Police Authority chairman Reg Watson said that during his time as Chief Constable Mr. Elliott had raised the morale of officers and staff throughout the force.

“Alan was a man who liked people and people liked him. He was extremely well-respected throughout the community and was supported throughout his time in the county by his wife, Eileen, and together they formed a tremendous team,” he added.

Originally from Bristol, Mr. Elliott joined the police when he was recruited to Bristol Constabulary in 1963. For most of his early career he was a CID officer and rose through the ranks to become head of CID as detective chief superintendent with the Avon and Somerset force.

He gained the post of assistant chief constable for West Midlands in 1986, taking responsibility for community relations and subsequently uniformed operations. In this role he was responsible for the policing of major events including serious public disorder, demonstrations and football matches.

He joined the Wiltshire force as deputy chief constable in November, 1988, before moving to Cumbria as the top officer in its constabulary in October, 1991.

Mr. Elliott was also a member of the National Association of Chief Police Officers’ crime committee, representing the body in France and Italy on topics relating to European police co-operation.

In 1994 he was awarded a Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year Honours List and was also made a Companion of the Institute of Management.

Mr. Elliott retired in 1997. His wife died earlier this year and he is thought to be survived by one son. Mr. Elliott latterly lived in Gloucestershire.