Police get first woman chief

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THE police chief who oversaw the Raoul Moat manhunt has been appointed Northumbria Police’s new chief constable.

Sue Sim, who has been the authority’s temporary chief constable since Mike Craik retired in April 2010, is the first female to be appointed to lead Northumbria Police and is currently the only female in the role of a metropolitan police force.

Coun Mick Henry, chairman of Northumbria Police Authority, said: “Our task in selecting a new chief constable was a difficult one. But I feel the Police Authority has chosen the ideal person to lead Northumbria Police following a thorough and robust process involving two other excellent candidates who were interviewed on the day.

“We are facing a challenging financial outlook, and we needed a confident, dynamic and innovative individual who will seize the opportunity of leading one of the best forces in the country through a programme of change.

“We know Sue Sim is a highly capable, widely respected and experienced police officer and her obvious skills and expertise will enable us to face the challenges ahead, whilst still fighting crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour.

“The Police Authority was particularly impressed with her commitment to protecting frontline policing across Northumbria and delivering police services local people want.”

Sue said: “I am very proud and honoured to have been chosen. Northumbria Police is one of the best performing forces in the country and I am determined that we will continue to reduce crime and protect police services that local communities across Northumbria want, despite the tough financial cuts.”

She began her police career in Merseyside and after 19 years moved to Northumbria to take up the role of Assistant Chief Constable.

She was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable at Northumbria in July 2008.

Sue has held positions in both uniform and criminal investigation roles and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2010 New Year Honours List.

She will take up her appointment with immediate effect.