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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Deputy set to be new Cumbria chief constable

CUMBRIA’S new top cop has been picked and is set to step up into the role in the summer.

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The police and crime commissioner Richard Rhodes announced deputy chief constable (DCC) Jerry Graham as his preferred candidate to take up the top job.

The choice was made following a rigorous two-day selection process by a panel with professional policing knowledge and an understanding of the criminal justice system in Cumbria.

The panel was chaired by Mr Rhodes with support from four representatives from across the county and professional policing advice by former Cumbria chief constable and now deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Craig Mackey.

Mr Rhodes said: “The candidates demonstrated exceptional qualities through a robust selection process and it was a difficult decision for the appointments panel. I am pleased to announce that Jerry Graham is the choice.”

The next stage in the process is that, as required by statutory regulations, the Police and Crime Panel will hold a confirmatory hearing on May 9 to assess Mr Graham’s suitability for he role of chief constable. Following that the panel will make a recommendation to the police and crime commissioner about whether the appointment should be confirmed.

DCC Graham said: “I am delighted and privileged to be the preferred candidate to lead Cumbria Constabulary.

“I have during the last five years built up a good understanding of the force part of the chief officer team and the communities across the county. I am firmly committed to keeping the people of Cumbria safe, fighting crime and tackling anti-social behaviour.”

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