It comes as no surprise, but certainly with sadness that Lenny Harper is retiring and leaving Jersey in August, 2008. Harper has been with the Jersey police force since 2002.
Harper’s investigation into abuse at Haut de la Garenne has often drawn criticism due to his openness with the public and international press.
Harper, a resident of Londonderry, Ireland, has served with the police since 1974. He served with the Metropolitan Police, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), as well as the Strathclyde Police.
Deputy Chief Constable David Warcup will replace Harper. Warcup is currently serving with the Northumbria Police force in England. It is not yet known if the Haut de la Garenne investigation will be assigned to Warcup.
As reported in the BBC, Warcup says: "I am delighted to have been offered this post and I'm looking forward to taking up the appointment presently.
"In applying for the States of Jersey position, I've been very impressed with the enthusiasm shown by the officers and staff who work on the island, and their commitment to developing a modern and vibrant force."
Despite threats of violence and even death, Lenny Harper has proven to be unshakeable in his commitment to weeding out corruption in the Jersey force as well as leading the daunting task of the investigation at Haut de la Garenne.