A NEW Deputy Chief Constable has started his role with Northumbria Police.
Mark Gilmore, the former Assistant Chief Constable (Special Operations) at West Yorkshire Police, says he is relishing the challenges ahead.
DCC Gilmore has been a member of the West Yorkshire force since June 2009.
The 46-year-old was previously with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, seconded to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) as an Assistant Chief Constable and Chief of Staff to the ACPO President, Sir Ken Jones.
DCC Gilmore said: “I’m really looking forward to working with colleagues in meeting ‘head on’ the organisational and operational challenges that lie ahead.
“I welcome being able to work with communities and local people to help keep the area safe and effectively policed.
“I also want to hear people’s views and ideas within the organisation.
“This force is known for its innovative ways of working and I want us to use these ideas for the benefit of both our communities and the workforce, particularly in such unprecedented challenging economic times for the whole country.”
“In the coming weeks I’ll be getting out and about, meeting staff and the public, finding out the issues they have and working to ensure we continue to deliver the policing service they have come to expect and deserve.”
Chief Constable Sue Sim added: “I am delighted to welcome Mark Gilmore as our new Deputy Chief Constable.
“He brings with him a wealth of experience that will benefit our communities and help us to continue our successful record in driving down crime and delivering the policing services people tell us they need and want.”