Cleveland Police chief appoints his former boss as his deputy as top cop returns from retirement in shake-up
Cleveland’s police chief has appointed his former boss to be his right-hand man as part of an overhaul of the force’s top team.
Former Dyfed-Powys chief Ian Arundale has been drafted in as deputy chief constable at Cleveland Police to join chief Richard Lewis at the top table.
He led Dyfed-Powys for four years between 2008 and 2012.
Chief Constable Lewis, who previously served as deputy chief at constable at Dyfed-Powys, said: “Ian is highly-respected across policing and I’m pleased he is joining our leadership team.
“He shares my drive and determination to steer Cleveland Police in the right direction for the people of Teesside and he is absolutely the right appointment for the force during this time of change.
“By having someone of Ian’s calibre as my deputy it will allow me to focus my efforts entirely on the challenges that we face over the coming year and lead the force to where it should be.”
Mr Arundale is an old head.
The Welshman joined South Wales Police in 1980 and served across all ranks at a number of forces over a 32-year career.
He was assistant and later deputy chief constable of West Mercia Police before moving back over the border.
His retirement from Dyfed-Powys came in 2012 before he got involved in working with international law enforcement and advising on policing matters as an expert witness.
But he has returned to the fold and believed he could make a difference.
Mr Arundale added: “I want to make a positive contribution to Cleveland Police and local communities and believe my experience and skills in police standards and performance fit with the Chief Constable’s overall plan for the force.
“I’m excited by this role as it allows me to use my expertise in policing alongside the additional knowledge I have gained over the last few years.”
Mr Arundale’s appointment follows widespread changes to Mr Lewis’s top team – with new faces from outside Cleveland.
Two new assistant chief constables – Steve Graham and Lisa Orchard – have been drafted in after a turbulent 12 months.
Former Chief Constable Mike Veale resigned in January after he was facing an investigation into alleged serious misconduct.
The IOPC still investigating claims he behaved inappropriately and acted in a discriminatory manner.
Meanwhile, a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation is ongoing into assistant chief constable Adrian Roberts who was suspended in April on suspicion of gross misconduct.
Chief Con Lewis has vowed to put the force on a new path with consistency in leadership, a focus on service improvement, and a shift back towards neighbourhood policing.