Po­lice chief an­nounces im­me­di­ate re­tire­ment, say­ing it is ‘right time’ to leave

Yorkshire Post - - REGIONAL NEWS -

THE CHIEF con­sta­ble of North York­shire Po­lice has an­nounced his im­me­di­ate re­tire­ment.

Dave Jones, who joined the po­lice nearly 32 years ago, said it was “time to step back and be with my fam­ily”.

Mr Jones had led the North York­shire force since 2013. In 2016, he also took tem­po­rary charge of South York­shire Po­lice dur­ing one of the most tur­bu­lent times in its his­tory, af­ter its chief con­sta­ble David Cromp­ton was forced out of of­fice in the wake of the Hills­bor­ough in­quests.

Last year, Mr Jones was awarded the Queen’s Po­lice Medal for dis­tin­guished ser­vice in the New Year Hon­ours List.

He had been due to re­tire af­ter 30 years’ ser­vice but had agreed to ex­tend his time with North York­shire Po­lice to pro­vide con­ti­nu­ity of lead­er­ship at a time of other re­tire­ments in its chief of­fi­cer team, the force said.

In a state­ment, Mr Jones said: “I have been proud to serve the com­mu­nity for nearly 32 years, but it is now time to step back and be with my fam­ily.”

He said the force was “firmly on the road to a modernised ser­vice”, adding: “This seemed like the right time for me to hand over the baton to a new leader, who can take the ser­vice on this new stage of the jour­ney.”

The Na­tional Po­lice Chiefs’ Coun­cil praised Mr Jones’s ser­vice to polic­ing, with chair­man Sara Thorn­ton say­ing he had been a com­mit­ted mem­ber of the coun­cil and had led its work on both ru­ral crime and cit­i­zens in polic­ing.

She said: “The readi­ness with which he trans­ferred to South York­shire Po­lice when they ur­gently needed help im­pressed all those in­volved.

“He was in­sight­ful, en­er­getic and com­pletely self­less.”

North York­shire Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Ju­lia Mul­li­gan, said Mr Jones’s ser­vice had been “ex­cep­tional”.

She said the force’s deputy chief con­sta­ble, Lisa Win­ward, would as­sume tem­po­rary com­mand un­til a per­ma­nent re­place­ment could be re­cruited.

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