1. ITV Report

New chief constable: working for Lincolnshire Police is "immense pleasure and privilege"

The new Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has started work with the force today.

Bill Skelly has moved from Devon and Cornwall Police where he was Deputy Chief Constable.

Mr Skelly said it was an immense pleasure and privilege to be the new Chief Constable of Lincolnshire.

I know that taking over from Neil Rhodes I have become the custodian of a force that has a huge heritage that people are immensely proud of and with a real commitment from the staff to deliver the best possible service that we can to everyone, particularly the vulnerable.

If I have achieved anything in my career it is because of the team effort - the team effort in everyone doing their level best in trying to deliver in what I understand and have experienced can be very challenging circumstances.

– Chief Constable Bill Skelly

He accepted that it would not be all plain sailing and there would be challenges ahead, “not only on the financial front but the things we feel passionately about in serving and looking after the public and delivering a service we can be proud of. I really look forward to serving with this very proud force.”

When not on duty Bill Skelly, who is married with two daughters, likes to spend his time outdoors, enjoying hill walking and cycling and is an avid volleyball player. He is the chair of the Police Sport UK Volleyball Section and has reached the personal milestone of playing as a member of the Great Britain Police Team.