New Chief Constable proposed for Durham

Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Hogg, announced today that he is proposing to appoint Mike Barton who is currently serving as the temporary Chief Constable as the new permanent Chief Constable.

Mr Barton had been appointed Temporary Chief Constable following the retirement of Jon Stoddart last October and has been with the force since moving there from Lancashire police in 2008.

“Following an intensive morning, I am pleased to recommend Mike Barton’s appointment to the Police and Crime Panel. The independent appointment panel and I believe that Mr Barton has convincingly demonstrated the requisite experience and competencies needed for the position ofChief Constable.

Whether it was one person or five people who had applied for the Chief Constable vacancy, the same searching and comprehensive process would have been followed to ensure that the right person is appointed to lead Durham Constabulary in its drive for excellence over the coming years”.

– Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham

"I am delighted to have the support of the Commissioner and his appointment panel.

Having served in Durham Constabulary for four and a half years I feel I have gained some depth of understanding of the policing needs of our communities, which are diverse and complex.

If I am appointed I aim to put Durham Constabulary at the forefront of everything that is good in policing.

As a priority, I will continue to drive up levels of public confidence and satisfaction by putting the community at the heart of everything we do.

I see this as a vital common purpose of the Commissioner and the force”.

– Mike Barton, Temporary Chief Constable for Durham Police