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New North Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Selected

ACC Jones 170413

6:00am 18th April 2013
(Updated 4:43pm 18th April 2013)

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner, is delighted to announce today that Dave Jones has been chosen as the preferred candidate for North Yorkshire's new Chief Constable.

Currently Assistant Chief Constable of the Rural Region for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Dave was the clear and unanimous choice of both Julia and the members of her five-strong recruitment panel, which met on Tuesday this week.

Speaking about her selection, Julia said “Dave currently serves in one of the most challenging policing environments in the UK. He 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 the preferred candidate for 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!

“I have huge affection for my current service, the Police Service of Northern Ireland and would take this opportunity to pay tribute to the daily courage and sacrifice of the men and women of the Service who place themselves in harm's way to serve the people of Northern Ireland and wish them good fortune in the years ahead.”

Julia Mulligan and Dave Jones will attend a formal hearing of North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Panel on 25 April, at which the appointment will be scrutinised and confirmed.

James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council said, ‘As a member of the selection panel, I saw first hand the qualities that Dave Jones will bring to the North Yorkshire Police Service. He has my full support and I look forward to working with him. I also would like to place on record my thanks for the work that Tim Madgwick has done as Temporary Chief Constable and particularly in supporting York’s crime and safety ambitions. I am sure we will continue to work together..

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