Arrival of new assistant chief constable means North Yorkshire has full quota of senior police officers (From Gazette & Herald)
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Arrival of new assistant chief constable means North Yorkshire has full quota of senior police officers
NORTH Yorkshire Police today has a full permanent team of senior officers for the first time in 15 months following the arrival of Paul Kennedy.
He takes up the role of assistant chief constable and will work alongside chief constable Dave Jones and deputy chief constable Tim Madgwick.
Until his appointment, he was chief superintendent in charge of organisational support at Cumbria Constabulary.
Mr Kennedy said: “It is a privilege and an honour to join North Yorkshire Police as assistant chief constable.
“From day one, I promise to do my absolute best to deliver a high-quality policing service to our communities; a service that is on hand around the clock to protect people from harm and bring criminals to justice, as well as a caring and supportive service that puts victims first when they need it most.”
Mr Jones said: “I am very pleased to have Paul in my chief officer team and I am confident his wealth of experience and qualities as a leader will greatly benefit North Yorkshire Police and the communities we are proud to serve.”
Mr Kennedy’s arrival ends the uncertainty that began when the then chief constable, Grahame Maxwell, retired in May 2012.
The process of replacing him was delayed until the election of Julian Mulligan as the first police and crime commissioner for North Yorkshire in November and the appointment process was prolonged when she decided to re-advertise the post after the first round of job interviews.
Before Mr Jones started work as chief constable in June 2013, assistant chief constable Iain Spittal had left the force to join Cleveland Police as deputy chief constable. He is replaced by Mr Kennedy.
Mr Kennedy, 48, was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire and has a degree in biomedical sciences.
He became a police officer in 1988 and served with West Yorkshire and South Wales police forces, led murder investigations and developed policies for dealing with mass disaster and child abduction.
He became area commander for South Cumbria in April 2008 and in 2010 spent eight months seconded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.
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