THE new Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police said he would be “naive not to consider the lessons of the past” a year after his predecessor lost his job amid nepotism allegations.
Dave Jones, the former Assistant Chief Constable for Northern Ireland’s rural region, joined policing teams for patrol on his first shift on Monday.
Mr Jones replaces Grahame Maxwell, who retired a year ago after admitting gross misconduct for helping a relative during a recruitment exercise.
The force, he said, now needed “sustainable leadership”.
“The symbolism of the Chief Constable is a reflection of the wider service and I think the office of the Chief Constable has not contributed to that,” he said. “I think it would be naive for me not to consider the lessons of the past.”
Mr Jones, who started with Greater Manchester Police in 1986, said he wanted the county to stay the safest in the country.
He said he planned to “embrace technology” by looking at innovations such as body warmth cameras and better use of automatic number plate recognition. But he admitted the force’s financial situation, facing a budget shortfall of £14m by 2016/17, was a major challenge.