New man takes charge of Cleveland Police

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It’s all change at the helm of Cleveland Police with the appointment of a new Chief Constable.

Ian Spittal has been named as the man who will lead the force.

He was recommended for the role by the Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and underwent a rigorous selection process.

Police and Crime Panel Chair, Councillor Norma Stephenson, said “At our meeting last night we put questions to Iain to test his suitability for the role of Chief Constable and it was the unanimous view of the Panel that he’s the right person for Cleveland – we look forward to working alongside him in our work supporting the Commissioner to deliver his Police and Crime Plan.”

Iain Spittal began his policing career with North Yorkshire Police in 1986. In the early part of his career he undertook a wide range of uniformed roles as Constable and Sergeant.

He has had responsibility as North Yorkshire’s Head of Public Access and from 2005 served as Area Commander for the City of York and Selby District.

He was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable on 1 August 2011, with responsibility for all operational policing across North Yorkshire and the City of York.

In June 2013 Iain joined Cleveland Police as Deputy Chief Constable, where he held responsibility for corporate performance, leading change and the development of strategic partnerships.

Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to this role on a permanent basis. Having worked in the organisation for three years now, I know that Cleveland Police is an organisation which is made up of people who are dedicated and hard-working and truly committed to making a difference in local communities, making them stronger and protecting people from harm. I look forward to continuing to lead the Force alongside the local people of Cleveland and our partner agencies.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “I am delighted to appoint Iain Spittal to the role of Chief Constable for Cleveland.

“Iain is an outstanding officer who is passionate about public service and is well-regarded across the Force and wider policing. I am certain that he is the right person for the job and can continue to take the Force forward to build on the good work that is ongoing and to face any challenges that may arise head-on.

“Going forward, Iain shares my belief that neighbourhood policing and protecting our most vulnerable members of society must be priorities for the Force.

“He has demonstrated dynamic and strong leadership skills during his time here and has responded well to many challenges in policing, such as significant financial cuts. It has been an added benefit that we have been able to see him operate in the role on a temporary basis since the beginning of the year and he has more than amply demonstrated his ability to lead the Force.

“I congratulate Iain and I can assure the people of Cleveland that they have the dedicated and dynamic Chief Constable that they rightly deserve.”