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Newly-appointed Deputy Chief Constable determined communities will receive outstanding service

22 Jun 2018 16:00 PM

DCC Darren Best [View Full Size]

The newly-appointed Deputy Chief Constable of Northumbria Police says he wants to ‘build on the supportive culture within the Force to further empower officers and staff to deliver an outstanding service to the communities we serve’.

After performing the role on a temporary basis for eight months, Darren Best has officially taken up the position permanently following an interview process.

He said: “Collectively, as a Force, we are determined to deliver an outstanding service to the public and I firmly believe we have the right people with the expertise, passion and commitment to achieve that.

“It is my job, alongside the Chief Constable, to drive this vision. In doing so, I am absolutely committed to building on the culture within the Force, in which our officers and staff are fully supported and empowered to be at their best every day. This includes when having to make extremely difficult decisions in challenging circumstances.

“Our officers and staff provide a fantastic service and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to them – they do amazing things and I am genuinely proud of them.

“However, we are far from complacent and will seek to continually improve. I also want to assure the public that if we fall short of the high standards we strive for then we will be open and robust in our approach to achieving these.”

He added: “There can be no doubt that the challenges we face are changing, which means we are always looking at the way we deliver services.

“But one constant throughout is the fantastic support we receive from our communities and our partners, whether they be in the public, private or voluntary sectors and I look forward to this continuing.

“We have been very clear that protecting those who are vulnerable is Northumbria Police’s number one priority and it is my view that everyone has a responsibility in achieving this.”

Deputy Chief Constable Best joined the police on foot patrol with Cleveland in 1989.

Since then, he has spent time in a range of different roles including investigations, as an area commander and as head of crime. He moved to Northumbria as Assistant Chief Constable in January 2016.

He said: “On a personal note, I have a great affinity to this area, having always lived in the North East, and I am extremely proud to be the Deputy Chief Constable of Northumbria Police.”

The permanent appointment also brings further stability to the Force, following the announcement of Winton Keenen as Chief Constable earlier in the year.

Chief Constable Keenen said: “I am absolutely delighted to have Darren Best as the Deputy Chief Constable. Darren has a wealth of policing experience, from across the North East area and will be pivotal in helping to ensure Northumbria Police deliver a policing service that our communities expect and deserve.”

Dame Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, said: “I look forward to working with Deputy Chief Constable Best and continuing our partnership in achieving high standard policing for Northumbria. Darren’s dedicated focus on adapting policing in line with the challenges faced by officers is great to see and I’m confident he will continue his success with Northumbria.”