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South Yorkshire appoints temporary chief constable

Deputy Chief Constable Lauren Poultney has been appointed as Temporary Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police.
Published - 18/05/2021 By - Chloe Livadeas

The announcement follows the departure of Stephen Watson, who has left the force to take up the role of chief constable at Greater Manchester Police.

She took on the role as of yesterday (Monday 18 May).

DCC Poultney joined the force as Assistant Chief Constable in 2017 from Humberside Police, then was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable on 16 April following the departure of DCC Mark Roberts, who was appointed Chief Constable of Cheshire Constabulary last month.

She’s been an officer for 23 years and has undertaken both uniformed and detective roles in a range of areas, including neighbourhood policing, major crime and protecting vulnerable people. Nationally she has led on Problem Solving and Demand Reduction and is the Chair of the College of Policing Guideline Committee on Problem Solving.

Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “As PCC it is my responsibility to recruit and appoint a Chief Constable. The recruitment process for a permanent successor to Stephen Watson is currently ongoing. I am delighted to appoint Lauren as Temporary Chief Constable to take charge of the force until a permanent appointment has been made.

“Lauren is a very experienced police officer who has been part of the leadership team that has guided South Yorkshire Police from being a force in need of improvement to one that is outstanding in many areas. I know that she will provide excellent leadership to the Force over the coming weeks until a permanent Chief Constable is appointed.”

The OPCC are conducting interviews for a permanent chief this week which were always scheduled to come after the PCC elections.

They were unable to disclose whether DCC Poultney was one of the candidates.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Forber will be acting as temporary Deputy Chief Constable until the Chief Constable appointment has been made.

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