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Lancashire's new top cop reveals his vision for policing

Lancashire's new top cop reveals his vision for policing

by Tom Martin (January 2021)

Lancashire’s new top cop has revealed his vision for the future of the Force.

Chris Rowley, who will replace current Chief Constable Andy Rhodes in the spring, went through a thorough recruitment process that included key partners and stakeholders.

During the Police and Crime Panel's confirmation hearing, Mr Rowley was asked questions about the role, his experience to date and the future of the force under his leadership.

He talked about his vision for Lancashire Constabulary going forward, the importance of strong collaborative working, and ensuring all our communities have a voice whilst delivering an effective, efficient service which supports victims of crime, makes our area safer and delivers value for money.

Chris has been Deputy Chief Constable of Humberside Police since 2017, overseeing a broad portfolio including performance, strategic change and communications. Prior to this, Chris worked in West Yorkshire Police for some 25 years, including as Temporary Assistant Chief Constable with responsibilities for crime and operations.

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Appointing the Chief Constable is one of the biggest decisions I will make and I'm delighted that the Police and Crime Panel has confirmed Chris Rowley in the role after hearing his plans for policing in Lancashire.

"Chris has proven throughout the process that he is an exceptional candidate, in a very strong field of applicants, who will put his vision for Lancashire Constabulary into action.

"By building on the foundations left by the current Chief Constable Andy Rhodes, I'm excited to work with Chris to ensure policing here in Lancashire delivers the very best possible service for the people of the county.

"Ultimately, everything we do is aimed at tackling crime, supporting victims and making our communities safer and I know that Chris will hit the ground running from day one."


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