New chief constable to lead North Yorkshire Police

Dave Jones, Assistant Chief Constable of the Rural Region for the Police Service of Northern Ireland. (S)
Dave Jones, Assistant Chief Constable of the Rural Region for the Police Service of Northern Ireland. (S)

A new chief constable has been named for North Yorkshire Police a year after its leader retired after admitting gross misconduct.

Former Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell retired in May last year and temporary chief constable Tim Madgewick has been leading the force since.

But today, Dave Jones, Assistant Chief Constable of the Rural Region for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, has been named the preferred candidate by North Yorkshire Police.

He went before interviewers on Tuesday and was said to the “clear and unanimous” choice of the six-strong recruitment panel.

“Dave currently serves in one of the most challenging policing environments in the UK,” said police and crime commissioner Julia Mulligan.

“He brings with him a breadth and depth of policing experience that no other candidate could match. He has a quietly determined and collaborative manner, honed in an area at the forefront of partnership and community policing.

“Policing in Northern Ireland can also be very tough and this, coupled with Dave’s experience of leading the crime operations of Greater Manchester Police, means that North Yorkshire Police will have a formidable new leader.”

Assistant Chief Constable Jones started his policing career with Greater Manchester Police in 1986, going on to lead homicide investigations and intelligence projects.

In 2008 he was appointed head of Crime Support with responsibility for legacy investigation into the troubles, and in June 2009 he took over Northern Ireland’s Rural Region, responsible for a population of 900,000 and a budget of £150 million.

Assistant Chief Constable Jones has said he is “immensely proud” to have been selected to lead North Yorkshire Police.

“I am absolutely committed to ensuring that the people of North Yorkshire and the City of York continue to receive a first class policing service and that criminals are made unwelcome!” he said.

His appointment will go before a panel for formal scrutiny and confirmation on April 25.