New Assistant Chief Constable for Northumbria

ACC Winton Keenen
ACC Winton Keenen

A new assistant chief constable has been appointed by Northumbria Police.

ACC Winton Keenen began his new role last week following a rigorous selection process.

His policing career began with Northumbria in 1985 where he was stationed as a PC on patrol in Sunderland North.

Since then, he has had a varied operational background which has seen him work in many different departments and take on specialist roles such as a dedicated Senior Investigating Officer for homicide, Strategic Firearms Commander and hostage negotiation.

ACC Keenen has also worked for the Professional Standards Department, the Serious and Organised Crime Unit and Special Branch as well as at area commands which included a role as Superintendent at South Tyneside.

In 2003/4, he went to Iraq as the first Contingent Commander for the deployment of UK non-military police officers acting as mentors to members of the Iraq Police Service. While there, he became responsible for setting up a police training academy and advising local senior police officers.

His latest role saw him heading the force’s crime department.

Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of ACC Winton Keenen.

“He has had an impressive operational background, with experience in specialist roles and has a good knowledge of the workings of the force.

“I am confident we have appointed someone who will add considerable further strength the existing Chief Officer Team and be a valuable asset to them.”

ACC Keenen added: “I am very proud to be part of the Chief Officer Team of Northumbria Police and to remain with the force I joined 29-years ago.

“I have worked in various demanding roles but I’m looking forward to the new challenges this new appointment will bring.

“There’s no doubt there are challenging times ahead. However, as a chief officer I will ensure I work with the public, officers and staff throughout Northumbria Police to face those challenges and help take the force forward into the future.”