Former Cheshire police chief Peter Fahy is to retire as chief constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) this autumn.
Sir Peter, originally from London, has been a police officer for more than three decades including serving as the chief constable for both Greater Manchester and Cheshire.
He will leave his £193,000-a-year post in October to take up a role as the chief executive of charity Retrak, which aims to transform the lives of highly vulnerable children, preserve families and empower communities.
In a statement Sir Peter said: “Following 34 years as a police officer including almost 13 years as a chief constable I have decided that now is the right time to leave policing. It has been a great privilege to serve the people of Greater Manchester and to lead the wonderfully dedicated staff of GMP.
“It has always been my intention to leave during the autumn of this year. I have led the force through four years of budget cuts and staffing reductions but despite this we have achieved significant improvements in service, increased public confidence and reduced crime and anti-social behaviour.
“It is now time for someone else to bring fresh ideas for what will be more challenging years ahead.”
Mr Fahy took up his post as chief constable of Greater Manchester Police on September 1, 2008 having previously served as Cheshire’s top cop since 2002. Previous to that he was assistant chief constable at Surrey and had positions with Hertfordshire and West Midlands forces.
The family man has never been afraid to show his lighter side. Two years ago, Sir Peter gained thousands of YouTube hits with his stellar performance to Gangnam Style in aid of ‘Super Josh’ – the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity.
Then he recently went ‘70s-tastic’ in an online dance video to promote community charity Forever Manchester. Mr Fahy can be seen sporting a fake moustache and spinning on his chair to 1977 hit Yes Sir I Can Boogie by Baccara.