Northumbria Police appoints an Acting Chief Constable

An Acting Chief Constable has been appointed at Northumbria Police which took effect today.

Northumbria Police Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Winton Keenen
Northumbria Police Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Winton Keenen

This is to facilitate the retirement of current Chief Constable, Steve Ashman, who has a number of police engagements outside the force area and accumulated annual leave before his retirement date.

Winton Keenen was given the role on an acting basis following two-and-a-half years as Northumbria’s Deputy Chief Constable.

The Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird, has started the recruitment process for the permanent position.

Mr Keenen said: “Northumbria Police is an excellent police force, we have a team of officers and staff who really make a difference and go the extra mile. I’m delighted to accept Dame Vera’s offer to take over as Acting Chief Constable until Mr Ashman’s successor is in post.

“I’ll continue to build upon Mr Ashman’s superb work as Chief Constable and set the foundations for his successor to lead our excellent Police force. The challenges facing policing continue to test us all, but I will continue to ensure Dame Vera’s Police and Crime plan is delivered.”

Dame Vera said: “Steve Ashman has been an outstanding Chief Constable and it’s important that we have a smooth transition, while we recruit Mr Ashman’s successor. Winton has a wealth of experience and he is passionate about delivering outstanding policing. He knows Northumbria well, he has served our communities for over 30 years – his experience, knowledge and commitment are the attributes we need as we enter a new era and recruit a new Chief Constable for Northumbria Police.”