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Temporary chief to be given permanent role

Cleveland PCC has recommended T/CC Iain Spittal be given the job
Published - 27/06/2016 By - Helena Hickey - Police Oracle

The temporary chief constable of Cleveland Police looks set to be given the job on a permanent basis after the police and crime commissioner recommended his appointment.

T/CC Iain Spittal, who took over the top job from Jacqui Cheer in January this year, is likely to be confirmed as the new chief at a meeting of the Police and Crime Panel on July 6.

Despite being the only candidate for the role, PCC Barry Coppinger said T/CC Spittal had faced a “rigorous recruitment process”.

“Iain is absolutely the right person to take Cleveland Police into the future,” he said.

“Iain has undergone a rigorous process to get to this stage and it has been very useful to have had the added benefit of seeing him operate in the role on a temporary basis.  I can assure everyone that Iain has amply demonstrated his suitability for appointment as the dynamic, committed Chief Constable that Cleveland deserves.

“The force has faced great challenges in recent times, particularly managing significant financial cuts, and I have been impressed with the positive way Iain has responded.

“He has already demonstrated strong leadership skills and a deep understanding of the importance and benefits of partnership working.”

T/CC Spittal joined Cleveland Police as deputy chief constable in June 2013 after 17 years with North Yorkshire Police, where he had responsibility for North Yorkshire’s Head of Public Access and served as area commander for the City of York and Selby District.

In 2011, he was promoted to assistant chief constable, with responsibility for all operational policing across North Yorkshire and the City of York.

The decision to recommend the appointment was made by a panel which also included the former chief constable of West Midlands Chris Sims and the Chief Executive of Stockton Council Neil Schneider, acting as an independent member representing partner organisations.

Iain Spittal said “I am delighted to have been asked by the Police and Crime Commissioner to lead Cleveland Police in the role of Chief Constable.

“This is an organisation made up of people who are truly committed to protecting people from harm, go the extra mile on a daily basis and are committed to making the communities we serve stronger. 

“I look forward to continuing to serve alongside them, working with our communities and partners.”

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