Chief prosecutor to leave CPS West Mercia


Colin Chapman, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced his decision to leave the organisation after nearly 30 years.

Mr Chapman joined the CPS on its inception in 1986 and he went on to become Chief Crown Prosecutor in Northampton, Lincolnshire and West Mercia. 

On announcing his departure from the Service, Mr Chapman said: "After nearly 30 years as a prosecutor in different parts of the country, I have decided to move on from the CPS, and pursue my career elsewhere. It will, of course, be a sad  - and strange -moment when I actually leave at the end of June, as I have been passionately committed to the work of the CPS for so long.

"I have seen many changes to the CPS and to the criminal justice system over the years. I have always done my best to ensure that the integrity of our fair trial processes are maintained whilst doing my utmost to seek justice for victims and witnesses who suffer at the hands of others. I wish the very best to all the colleagues I leave behind as they continue this work in difficult times.

"My last four years with the CPS has been in West Mercia heading a team of prosecutors, paralegals, and others, who work so hard on behalf of the people of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Worcestershire to help make these places a safe place to live, work and visit. I thank them for their support to me, and for the continued professionalism, commitment, and dedication they show as public servants."

Mr Chapman will be leaving the Service on 30th June, 2011. No decision has yet been made on his replacement.