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Temporary chief confirmed as head of force after two years in post

CC Dee Collins appointed substantive boss of constabulary she has led since June 2014
Published - 02/11/2016 By - Ian Weinfass - Police Oracle

Dee Collins has been appointed as Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.

The officer has served as temporary chief since June 2014, following the suspension of her predecessor Mark Gilmore.

West Yorkshire PCC Mark Burns-Williamson announced the substantive appointment this afternoon.

He said: “I am delighted to be making this announcement today as Dee's appointment to this position is great news for West Yorkshire Police and for our communities.

“Dee comes to this role with a great deal of experience and understanding having served West Yorkshire first as deputy and then more recently as Temporary Chief Constable.”

CC Collins has previously been an ACC with Derbyshire Constabulary, as well as the President of the British Association of Women in Policing.

Mr Burns-Williamson added: “Having worked closely with Dee over the last couple of years I know how passionate she is about this job, about the wellbeing of police officers and staff and about keeping our communities safe and feeling safe.”

CC Collins said: “I am delighted and proud to have been appointed to lead West Yorkshire Police as its chief constable.

“Protecting the public, particularly the most vulnerable individuals, remains my number one priority.

“I firmly believe that the men and women who make up West Yorkshire Police are key to our continued success and one of my main aims is to ensure we develop and support our people to be the best they can be.

“I am also committed to building a force that is diverse in representation and thinking. It is important as we move forward that we engage with our communities, that we are part of them and that together we can address concerns."

Her appointment is subject to approval by the force area’s police and crime panel next week. She was the only candidate for the post.

Former chief Mark Gilmore retired in August, days after a more than year-long investigation into professional standards matters against him was completed.

The PCC is yet to publish its findings, or announce what the investigation related to.

A spokesman for Mr Burns-Williamson said the report is still "going through a data management process".

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