New Northumbria Police Chief Constable set to be named

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The successor to Sue Sim as Chief Constable of Northumbria Police is likely to be named as Stephen Ashman.

Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, has announced Mr Ashman is her preferred candidate for the role.

Mr Ashman is currently the Deputy Chief Constable for Northumbria Police. The appointment will now await confirmation from the Police and Crime Panel on Monday, June 1.

It follows last month’s news that Sue Sim was retiring after three decades of service, and that an independent investigation found that she has no case to answer on breaching police standards, although there was criticism over her management style.

A ‘robust and challenging’ selection process over two days (May 21 and 22) has been conducted by a stakeholder panel to find a new Chief Constable. The panel, including representatives from business, local authorities, young people and charities, has questioned the candidates, while for the formal interview, Mrs Baird was supported by Jacqui Cheer, Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Nick Hall, chief executive of Northumbria Probation Trust and Bernie McCardle from Northumbria Police, who offered human resources advice.

Mrs Baird has advised the chairman of the Police and Crime Panel, Coun Peter Mole, and vice-chairman Coun Harry Trueman of her decision in advance of the Police and Crime Panel meeting.