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Durham Police Deputy Constable will be new South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable

Durham Police's Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Watson has been selected as the new Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police.

Mr Watson will join South Yorkshire Police later this year having been with Durham Police since June 2015. Mr Watson began his career in 1988:

  • 1988- Joined Lancashire Constabulary.
  • 2006- Joined Merseyside Police as Chief Superintendent
  • Worked for Metropolitian Police as Commander of the East Area (6,000 officers and staff)
  • 2012- Senior member of the Olympic Command
  • 2015- appointed Deputy Chief Constable for Durham Constabulary

Mr Watson said:

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Deputy Chief Constable in Durham and have met and worked with some fantastic people.

“The force is truly deserving of its outstanding status and I know Durham will continue to deliver the best possible policing service to the people of County Durham and Darlington.”

Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner said:

“Stephen Watson is one of the outstanding police leaders of his generation. He has been an exemplary Deputy Chief Constable for Durham, relentlessly committed to delivering the best service possible for the public. Whilst I am sorry to see him go, his talents will be put to good use in South Yorkshire Police, and Durham’s loss is very much their gain. “The Chief Constable and I will begin our search for a new Deputy Chief Constable immediately”.

– Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner