The search to find Merseyside's next Chief Constable begins today - with the post advertised as attracting a salary of £162,024.

Crime commissioner Jane Kennedy is inviting applications from candidates to take responsibility for leading the force following last week’s announcement Sir Jon Murphy is to retire.

The commissioner said she is looking for an operationally experienced and successful police chief "who can continue the modernisation and reform of the police service and work to shape the future of policing on a regional and national level."

Ms Kennedy said: “Now the Chief Constable has announced he will be retiring in June it is my responsibility to start the process of recruiting his replacement.

“I am looking for an outstanding individual who has the energy, drive and skill to lead one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking forces in the country.

“The new Chief Constable will need to have the influence and gravitas to maintain and strengthen this reputation locally and nationally and be an ambassador for our region.

“Sir Jon was an exemplary Chief Constable and he will certainly be a tough act to follow." 

Applicants must have passed the senior police national assessment centre and successfully completed the strategic command course.

UK officers and holders of senior rank in designated overseas forces are eligible.

The police and crime panel will review the PCC’s appointment process and consider her preferred candidate at a confirmation hearing on Thursday, March 17.

The appointment will be on a five-year fixed term basis and the £162,024 salary is determined by the Secretary of State following consideration by the police remuneration review body.