West Yorkshire police have appointed a new chief constable following the resignation of Sir Norman Bettison in the aftermath of the Hillsborough report. Mark Gilmore has been a deputy chief constable with Northumbria police and served as an assistant chief in West Yorkshire for two years.
Police and crime commissioner Mark Burns Williamson said they shared a common vision of policing for the county. He was also keen to draw a line under the controversy which led to Sir Norman stepping down over his role in the handling of the Hillsborough disaster.
Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire says he's "delighted" to appoint Mark Gilmore as the force's new Chief Constable.
The previous Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison resigned last October following huge pressure over his role in the aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster.
Mr Burns-Williamson said: "Mark comes to this role with a great deal of experience having spent the last 18 months as Deputy Chief Constable in Northumbria and for 2 years before that as Assistant Chief Constable in West Yorkshire. He also has extensive experience of serving in Northern Ireland."
– Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Many of us have worked with Mark in the past and know him to be extremely enthusiastic and committed to policing and crime prevention in the county.
Mark Gilmore has this morning been proposed by the Police and Crime Commissioner as the new Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police. He will officially take the role if his appointment is approved by the Police and Crime Panel later this month.
– Mark Gilmore, Proposed Chief Constable for West Yorkshire
I feel hugely privileged to have been appointed as Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police. It will be an honour to work alongside the Commissioner and Command Team to deliver our shared vision for policing.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson has announced Mark Gilmore as the new Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, subject to ratification by the Police and Crime Panel.