Temporary Chief Jaqui Cheer with PCC Barry Coppinger
Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has announced that he is recommending that Jacqui Cheer should be appointed as the Force’s permanent Chief Constable.
The Commissioner, whose recommendation will now go to a confirmation hearing held by the area’s Police and Crime Panel, described Mrs Cheer, who has served as Temporary Chief Constable since October 2011, as ‘an exceptional police officer who has done a tremendous job in leading the Force through a very challenging period—and is, I believe, the right person to work with me in ensuring that policing in Cleveland reflects my priorities and the needs and concerns of local people.’
Mrs Cheer spent 22 years working with Essex Police and the Home Office Reform Unit before joining the Suffolk Force as Assistant Chief Constable in 2006, leading the major investigation into the murders of five women in the Ipswich area. She was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable of Suffolk in November the following year and was subsequently seconded to Cleveland. She serves as the lead on Children and Young People for the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Said Mr Coppinger "I believe we have been very fortunate to have a candidate of the quality of Jacqui Cheer who has already demonstrated both her leadership skills and her ability to introduce the new ways of working we need to meet the demands of modern policing and protect front-line services to the public at a time when resources are under unprecedented pressure. She fully understands and supports my top priority of retaining and developing Neighbourhood Policing as the bedrock of our service to the public.
"There can be no better demonstration of why she is the right person for the job than the figures issued this week which show that, on her watch, crime in Cleveland last year was the lowest on record."
The Commissioner said that, because the Home Office prevented permanent appointments for a considerable period prior to elections for Police and Crime Commissioners, there had been 14 Chief Constable vacancies to be filled across the country, leading to a shortfall of candidates. Mrs Cheer was the only candidate for the Cleveland post—a situation which Mr Coppinger said was not unique. She did, however, undergo a selection process with three other candidates when appointed as the Temporary Chief Constable.
The decision to recommend Mrs Cheer’s appointment was made by a panel including the Commissioner, the former Chief Constable of West Mercia Paul West and Stockton Council Chief Executive Neil Schneider.
Mrs Cheer said: "I’m delighted to have been recommended by the Commissioner for the position of Chief Constable of Cleveland Police. The last year has been challenging yet extremely rewarding and I look forward to continuing the work to shape the Force for the future.
"I am grateful for the support of everyone working for Cleveland Police and our partner agencies, who are all dedicated to keeping Cleveland safe and reducing crime and antisocial behaviour."
The Police and Crime Panel will hold a confirmation hearing to consider Mrs Cheer’s appointment on Tuesday, February 5th.
Posted on Friday 25th January 2013