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Winton Keenen announced as Chief Constable of Northumbria Police

27 Mar 2018 13:00 PM

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Winton Keenen announced as Chief Constable of Northumbria Police

THE new Chief Constable of Northumbria Police has expressed the honour and privilege he feels to be taking up the position in his home Force area.

After being permanently appointed to the role yesterday (Monday), Winton Keenen said there is “nowhere else in the world I would want to be Chief Constable other than right here”.

The appointment was formally confirmed by the Northumbria Police and Crime Panel and follows Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC announcing him as her preferred candidate.

Chief Constable Keenen will this year complete 33 years’ service with the Force.

He said: “It is a great honour to have been appointed Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, the Force I have been with my whole policing career.

“I love the North East and I am proud to say I grew up and live here – this is my home. There’s nowhere else in the world I would want to be Chief Constable other than right here in Northumbria.”

Chief Constable Keenen, who had held the position on a temporary basis, added: “I am determined to help build on the excellent work already under way as we continually strive towards our vision to be outstanding in the service we provide to communities.

“It really is a privilege to be part of a team of officers and staff who are so passionate about what they do and are fully committed to delivering the best service possible, as they believe in and follow the values of Northumbria Police. Every day I continue to see people going the extra mile for the communities we serve, all the time meeting ever-changing challenges head-on.”

Chief Constable Keenen joined Northumbria Police in 1985, became Assistant Chief Constable in 2014 and Deputy Chief Constable a year later.

During his career, he has also taken up a number of secondments, most notably to Iraq as the first contingent commander to lead the deployment of civilian police officers from across the UK.

He takes up the position of Chief Constable with immediate effect.