NORTH YORKSHIRE is all set to get a new Chief Constable following the retirement of the current controversial incumbent of the office - Della Cannings - in May.
The county's Police Authority has announced that Grahame Maxwell is to be the new boss of the North Yorkshire force following a two day selection process earlier this week - he is currently Deputy Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police.
Jane Kenyon, Chairman of the North Yorkshire Police Authority said: "We are absolutely delighted to announce that Mr Maxwell will be the NYP's new Chief Constable. North Yorkshire has a proud tradition of being able to attract the best talent to this area and in Grahame Maxwell we have secured the services of one of the biggest rising stars in British policing.
"In making the appointment, the Authority was determined to bring in a high calibre leader who will continue the progress made by the North Yorkshire service over the last few years, who has the personal charisma and passion to take NYP even further and who will quickly gain the trust, respect and support of all our community and partner organisations. In Grahame, we have just such a person and we are confident that he will achieve considerable success during his time with us. We are delighted to welcome him.
In response to his appointment, Mr Maxwell said: "Of course, I too am delighted to be appointed as Chief Constable of North Yorkshire. It will be an honour to lead this force.
"It has a fine reputation, both locally and nationally, and I look forward to enhancing that reputation even further, especially in the areas of neighbourhood policing and the quality of our service. NYP has reduced crime enormously over recent years and now is the time to exploit that performance and the investments made in the service.
"Personally this is, of course, the pinnacle of my police career and I can't wait to get going."