New Assistant Chief Constable joins the force

08 Jan 2016 09:00 AM

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A new year - a new face for Northumbria Police's Chief Officer Team.

Northumbria Police has welcomed Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best as its latest senior recruit.

Darren joins the force from Cleveland Police and will take on the Protective Services portfolio. This is a broad portfolio and covers areas such as vulnerable people, child abuse, homicide, intelligence and serious and organised crime. It also incorporates the force’s Operations department which includes firearms support and roads policing as well as marine, horses, dogs, airport and metro policing teams.

Darren joined the police family in 1989 where he began his career in South Bank, Teesside, as a probationer. Since then, he has worked his way through the policing ranks gaining experience in public protection, child protection and professional standards. He also has excellent area command experience after being the District Commander for Stockton from 2010 to 2012, before being promoted to the role of Head of Crime and Criminal Justice in Cleveland.

Chief Constable Steve Ashman is proud to welcome ACC Best to the force and believes he is an excellent addition to the team.

"I am really pleased to announce the appointment of Darren to our team. He has tremendous experience of policing and a real understanding of the North East.

"I look forward to working with Darren as we continue to deliver the high quality service our communities deserve."

Comment from ACC Best said: "I have admired Northumbria Police as a force throughout my career. It has been rightfully recognised for its excellence across the country and I am proud to now be part of the team.

"Northumbria has an excellent reputation and prior to applying for the post, I spoke with a number of officers and staff who clearly had a real passion for policing and for serving the public, I absolutely share the same values and am now delighted to be working alongside all of the people who help keep the people of Northumbria safe.

"The North East is one of the best places to live, work and socialise and I am proud to be from the region. I do have close affiliations with the Northumbria area and for many years I have enjoyed visiting - it is now a pleasure to call it my force area.

"I would like to thank Cleveland Police for the years of support and experience it has offered me. I now hope to offer this experience to Northumbria as together with our partners we face the new challenges ahead."

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: "I would like to extend a warm welcome to ACC Best. Darren's experience, I'm sure will benefit the communities of Northumbria and I look forward to working with him in future."