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Movers and Shakers: January 2016

There have been many recent appointments in policing. Here rounds up a selection of them
Published - 08/01/2016 By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle

Police Scotland's new chief constable Phil Gormley has pledged to listen to officers and staff over the future of policing in the country.

The former Norfolk chief and National Crime Agency deputy director began his new role last week.

In a statement after being sworn in, he said: "This is one of the most demanding jobs in British policing and I feel immensely proud to have been chosen to lead the men and women of Police Scotland through the next stage of its journey.

"Today I met officers who, like me, are starting their careers with Police Scotland. Over the next weeks and months, I will be talking and listening to not only Police Scotland officers and staff but also our partners to help inform how we respond to the challenges the service faces.

"The professional judgement and discretion of these officers and their colleagues across the country will be critical in meeting these challenges."

Former Surrey chief Lynne Owens has started work at the National Crime Agency following the retirement of Keith Bristow as Director General.


On Wednesday the appointment of Gareth Wilson as Suffolk's new chief was approved by the area's police and crime panel.

The former deputy, who had been temporary chief for 11 months, said: “Over the past year I have worked closely with the police and crime commissioner to develop plans to transform the police service in Suffolk; I am delighted to now be in a position to lead the constabulary through these changes to meet the challenges ahead.”


Meanwhile Greater Manchester Police welcomed new deputy chief Ian Pilling, a former ACC at Merseyside.


New West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson also begins in post this month.


Hampshire chief Andy Marsh is moving to Avon and Somerset Constabulary.


On Friday it was announced that Peter Goodman, an ACC and head of collaborative policing in the East Midlands, has been appointed deputy chief at Derbyshire Constabulary.

Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: "I've worked with Peter for many years and I'm really pleased he's returning to the force as my deputy. He has a national reputation within the police service and his knowledge and expertise will benefit the people of Derbyshire.

"He knows the county and the force, and is fully aware of the challenges we face dealing with the ever-changing demands upon us."

He replaces Alan Goodwin, who retires after 36 years in policing.

CC Creedon himself, the second longest serving head of a force in the UK, has just signed a contract extension at the constabulary.


Former GMP chief superintendent Nick Adderley is now ACC at Staffordshire Police.

Retired Met Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke has been appointed the new HM Chief Inspector of Prisons.

The former anti-terror chief has been given a three year contract.


Alan Baldwin, formerly assistant chief at Thames Valley, has taken over as DCC at Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

On his first day in the job the former MOD, West Mercia and Met officer, said: "I have been impressed with the work I have seen in Cambridgeshire already and look forward to us achieving further success in the future.”

At the same force, Superintendent Jon Hutchison has been appointed area commander for Cambridge.

He moves from the force's corporate performance department, and said: "It is my view that policing is over-complicated at times and I am keen to ensure that we keep things simple: listen to the community and deliver for them."


Chief Inspector Stevie Dolan has been appointed Police Scotland's area commander for West Lothian.

He replaced Chief Insp Paul Cameron who has taken up a strategic planning post. 

Oil rig manager Dale Checksfield is the new Chief Officer for Durham's special constabulary.


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