New Chief Constable Appointed for North Yorkshire Police
10:14pm 25th April 2013
North Yorkshire Police has a new Chief Constable.
Dave Jones was Assistant Chief Constable of the Rural Region for the Police Service of Northern Ireland,
He says his priorities for the county are:
- Providing a good service to public
- Keeping North Yorkshire as the safest county in England
- Providing a personal service for people
He gave a press conference after his appointment this afternoon with North Yorkshire Police Commissioner Julia Mulligan.
Julia Mulligan said “Dave brings with him a breadth and depth of policing experience that no other candidate could match. He has a quietly determined and collaborative manner, honed in an area at the forefront of partnership and community policing. Policing in Northern Ireland can also be very tough and this, coupled with Dave's experience of leading the crime operations of Greater Manchester Police, means that North Yorkshire Police will have a formidable new leader. In appointing Dave, I am sending an unequivocal message to both the public and criminals that I am determined to tackle the most serious crime, as well as develop and enhance community policing, which is so important to local people."
"Undoubtedly we face some challenging years ahead. I have selected Dave because he will challenge the status quo and he will challenge me. I am looking forward to working with him and I know that he will quickly gain the trust, respect and support of all our officers and staff as well as our community and partner organisations."
In response, Dave Jones said “I am immensely proud to have been selected as Chief Constable of North Yorkshire."
“It is a great opportunity to work with the Police and Crime Commissioner and the staff of North Yorkshire Police and its partners to build upon the great work of the force that has seen North Yorkshire become the safest place in England.
“I am absolutely committed to ensuring that the people of North Yorkshire and the City of York continue to receive a first class policing service and that criminals are made unwelcome!
But the new Chief Constable has hinted that putting more police on the beat could mean fewer local police stations.
But the panel which appointed him is complaining saying the public was given the impression he already had the job.
The North Yorkshire Police Federation has congratulated Dave Jones on his appointment but warned about the state of force morale. Mark Botham from the Federation says:
“At a time when we have seen a reduction of over 300 officers these figures make disturbing reading. We pledge our commitment to work with the Police & Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan and our new Chief Constable, Dave Jones to address the issues in them on behalf of our members so we have a health, motivated and effective police force.”
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