A new Chief Constable with a wealth of experience is leading Cleveland Police into 2016.
Iain Spittal has been appointed to the role on a temporary basis by Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger, following a successful two and a half years as Cleveland’s Deputy Chief Constable.
He has his finger firmly on the pulse of modern day policing but understands and recognises the importance of traditional policing methods.
Iain has spent much of his career at North Yorkshire Police where he was responsible for operational policing across the City of York and wider areas. He has a keen interest in understanding the needs of victims and improving services so that victims are at the heart.
Temporary Chief Constable Spittal heads a new and dynamic policing team, working alongside Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Simon Nickless and Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ciaron Irvine.
The new team are focused on delivering excellent policing, preventing harm to local communities and protecting the most vulnerable.
Commenting on his appointment, Temporary Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “I am proud to work for Cleveland Police where day in and day out there are officers and staff facing danger and going the extra mile
“Policing is a difficult job, and it’s sometimes too easy to forget that there is a person behind the uniform with a family at home. Our police officers put that aside to face unknown and volatile situations to protect the public and communities.
“In this role I will continue to talk about this great work and lead our teams during these challenges times so that we are providing the best service to communities.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Iain loves policing and is passionate about delivering a fantastic service. He is highly regarded in his field and is well respected in Cleveland Police for his dynamic and innovative approach.
“Iain has led the Force through a number of changes and has been at the forefront of collaboration with partner agencies. He leads an impressive new team of senior police officers who I’m confident have the right skills and experience to protect the people of Cleveland. I’m looking forward to working with the team to develop safer, stronger communities.”
A recruitment process for the permanent Chief Constable position will take place following the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.