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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Cumbria Police appoints its permanent chief constable

CUMBRIA Police has appointed a new permanent chief constable.

Jerry Graham, deputy chief constable of Cumbria, will take up the permanent position of chief constable for Cumbria from August 1.

Richard Rhodes, police and crime commissioner, announced Mr Graham as his preferred candidate following a rigorous two-day recruitment process held on April 10 and 11.

Today, in line with the statutory guidelines, the Cumbria Police and Crime Panel held their confirmatory hearing to assess Mr Graham’s suitability for the role of chief constable.

Following the meeting, the panel made their recommendation to the Police and Crime Commissioner that Mr Graham’s appointment be confirmed.

Mr Rhodes said: “I am delighted to confirm Mr Jerry Graham as the next chief constable of Cumbria. He impressed us with his sound knowledge and significant experience of the county and its communities, as well as his obvious commitment to our shared vision to make Cumbria an even safer place to live, work and visit.

“I look forward to working with him to take forward the long-term plans for policing over the next few years, in line with my Police and Crime Plan.”

Councillor Celia Tibble, chairwoman of the Cumbria Police and Crime Panel, said: “This is arguably the biggest, and most important, decision that any Commissioner is going to make. The Chief Constable role is fundamental to how policing is carried out in the county. There are big challenges facing the police in Cumbria, not least how the service will continue to meet the needs of the county while dealing with the significant budget pressures it will face over coming years.

“Mr Graham’s answers were comprehensive and gave panel members confidence that he has the skills, knowledge and experience to carry out the requirements of the role to a high standard.

“The panel were particularly impressed by the evidence of Mr Graham’s integrity and his clear focus on ensuring values and ethics are at the heart if policing. In addition we noted his track record of successfully delivering major projects and change programmes within Cumbria Constabulary.

“For these reasons the panel was happy to recommend to the Commissioner that he should proceed with Mr Graham’s appointment.”

Mr Jerry Graham said: “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead Cumbria Constabulary as Chief Constable and I consider it a privilege to serve the public of Cumbria in this important role.

“I look forward to working with the Police and Crime Commissioner, to deliver his Police and Crime Plan to keep the communities within Cumbria safe.

“I am proud of Cumbria Constabulary, whilst there are a number of challenges ahead we are a dynamic organisation and I am confident and optimistic we can meet these challenges.”

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