Avon and Somerset Police have announced the appointment of a new deputy chief constable.

Jon Reilly has been named as the force's new deputy, an officer with over 20 years experience with the force in both uniformed and detective roles.

Mr Reilly formerly served as the Bristol Area Commander and as the South West Regional Assistant Chief Constable before assuming his new position.

Speaking about his appointment, Jon said: “To be given the opportunity to serve the richly diverse and unique communities of Avon and Somerset as Deputy Chief Constable is a great privilege and honour.

“My commitment to this area is unwavering and I’m passionate about delivering a police service everyone can be proud of. I’m fully aware of the ongoing challenges policing nationally is facing into, but repairing and increasing the public’s trust and confidence in us is something I’m wholly committed to doing.

“I’m eager to get started in my new role and to support the brave and dedicated officers, staff and volunteers I work alongside as well as reaffirm my commitment to listening to all of our communities partner agencies, to ensure this police force is one to be proud of.”

Mr Reilly replaces outgoing deputy, Nikki Watson. Chief Constable Sarah Crew took the opportunity to thank Ms Watson for her contribution to the service. Paying tribute she said: "I want to thank Nikki for the exceptional work she’s developed, implemented and overseen during what’s been an exemplary career in policing. She’s always had our communities at the heart of everything she does, and I know she’s got even more to give. Nikki is a true public servant who encapsulates all our values.

“Her legacy will be a lasting one, and she’s been a trailblazer in her commitment to improving the opportunities and working environment for women in policing.

“I also want to congratulate Jon on his appointment. He’s an exceptional police officer and public servant and brings into his new role a wealth of experience and knowledge. I know he’ll work tirelessly to help us deliver outstanding policing for everyone and he fully supports the ongoing drive to improve public confidence in policing through greater openness, accountability and transparency.”