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Interim Chief Constable appointed to South Yorkshire Police

The Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, Dave Jones, has been appointed new interim Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police. He will fulfil the role until a permanent Chief Constable is recruited to the post.

Chief Constable Jones will be based at South Yorkshire Police’s HQ in Sheffield from that time.

He will work as part of a leadership team comprising Deputy Chief Constable Dawn Copley, Director of Finance for South Yorkshire and Humberside Police, Nigel Hillier, Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Barber and Acting Assistant Chief Constable Jason Harwin and members of the Strategic Partnership within Humberside Police.

An additional Assistant Chief Constable, Ken McIntosh, will also be seconded from North Yorkshire Police to provide interim support to Chief Constable Jones and South Yorkshire Police Chief Officer team, in particular to help coordinate the provision of support from national police agencies.

The permanent role of Chief Constable for South Yorkshire Police will be advertised in the coming weeks, with a view to making an appointment over the summer. Once a permanent Chief Constable is in post, CC Jones will return to his position at North Yorkshire Police.

Dave Jones started his policing career in 1986 with Greater Manchester Police. In 2008 he was appointed to the role of Assistant Chief Constable for Police Service Northern Ireland. He took up the position of Chief Constable at North Yorkshire Police in 2013, where he has worked with Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner, on a programme of service improvement and modernisation. Chief Constable Jones is also the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on citizens in policing, and sits on the national Special Capabilities Board.

During the interim appointment, North Yorkshire’s Deputy Chief Constable, Tim Madgwick, will become Temporary Chief Constable for that force. DCC Madgwick has served 28 years with North Yorkshire Police and was awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal in this year’s New Years’ honours.

I joined the police service to make a difference and to keep people safe, and that will be my focus at South Yorkshire Police.

There is no question that this is a very difficult period, both for South Yorkshire Police as an organisation, and for the communities it serves locally and further afield.

Nevertheless, I believe there is a strong desire - both inside and outside the police service - for the Force to move forward in a positive direction.

With that in mind, I will work with the new Chief Officer Team over the coming months, to make sure that South Yorkshire Police makes progress until a permanent Chief Constable is appointed.

First and foremost, I will engage with those communities both inside and outside of South Yorkshire who have been let down by the police service. I want to understand how their confidence in policing has been affected, and work with them to build it back up and restore pride back into the police service.

It is also important that officers and police staff are supported to get on with the day job, which is to serve the public of South Yorkshire and keep people safe.

In addition, and with the support of the Police and Crime Commissioner, I will be seeking the full support of the College of Policing NPCC and HMIC to provide a thorough review of South Yorkshire Police. The full details of this and the Terms of Reference will be worked out in due course in partnership with the South Yorkshire Police and the PCC. This will form the basis of a route-map for the incoming Chief Constable.

I will also work alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner to seek to ensure that the service has sufficient funding and resources to tackle the issues facing the Force.

I am not under-estimating the scale of the work ahead, but part of the reason why I have taken on this interim role is that I believe that the policing as a whole has a duty to help the service in South Yorkshire to move forward.

It is vitally important and it is the bedrock of British policing that we have the trust and confidence of the public and if anything puts that at risk the whole of the police service needs to respond accordingly.

– Chief Constable Dave Jones