Ex-officer selected for deputy role

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A FORMER police chief superintendent in south east Northumberland has been appointed deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria.

Mark Dennett was selected for the role at a meeting of the Northumbria Police and Crime Panel.

He will work alongside the recently elected Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC, until at least March 2013.

His role will be to offer advice and support to deliver the police and crime plan, which sets the strategic direction and objectives of the force.

Mr Dennett, who retired from Northumbria Police six months ago, said: “For the past ten years I’ve been working in partnership with local authorities, domestic violence groups, voluntary groups, community safety groups in the force area.

“In terms of the priorities of the commissioner, this is something that’s been my bread and butter at a senior level.

“It’s a very difficult time at the moment for police officers, police staff and their families.

“Morale is low, as it is across the public sector.

“Part of our job will be to ensure that we champion what the police do, this role is not just about having a voice for the public, it’s about recognising and broadcasting what the police deliver every day for the people of this region.”

Ms Baird said: “I selected Mr Dennett for his very real and recent experience.

“He is as keen as I am to follow up his exceptional career by joining me in my ambition to make Northumbria a better police service.

“Northumbria is always in the top three or four, whatever is being counted as policing prowess, so it is but a short step I hope to build on that foundation.”

“With Mark’s insight I believe I’ll be all the better to build on that.”