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PCC Barry Coppinger names preferred candidate for next Chief Constable


Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger has today proposed that Mike Veale be appointed as the next Chief Constable of Cleveland succeeding Iain Spittal who retired last month.

His proposal will now go before the Cleveland Police and Crime Panel who meet on January 23 to decide whether to confirm the appointment.

Mr Coppinger chaired the Interview Panel for the post and also received feedback from a panel of key stakeholders who also interviewed the candidates.

As well as being interviewed, the shortlisted candidates were asked to outline their vision for Cleveland, its policing and how they would work with partners and the Police and Crime Commissioner to deliver that vision.

Mr Coppinger said: “It is frequently the case that Chief Constable roles attract only one eligible candidate so I am delighted that we have been able to shortlist two excellent applicants. It demonstrates how highly Cleveland Police is regarded within policing circles.

“Both shortlisted candidates have extensive and distinguished policing careers, including experience at the highest level. Both interviews were of an exceptional standard, the applicants came over as inspiring leaders, dedicated to policing and protecting the public.

“The process of appointment now requires me to put forward a preferred candidate to the Police and Crime Panel for their consideration. After consultation with fellow members on the interview panel; feedback from the stakeholder panel; and much careful reflection, I have decided to propose Mike Veale as my preferred candidate for the post of Chief Constable for Cleveland. I look forward to discussing my proposal with the Panel at their meeting.

“Mike has enjoyed a distinguished policing career with extensive experience as a Chief Police Officer including several years in the rank of Chief Constable. He has faced extremely difficult and complex policing challenges and has never shied away from taking tough decisions in the best interests of justice.

“In interview Mike put forward an exciting and compelling vision for the future of policing in Cleveland and how he would work with public and partners to deliver this vision. 

“In recommending Mike for this post I would also like to thank the other shortlisted candidate, Simon Nickless, who gave a strong performance in interview. Simon has served Cleveland Police well as Assistant and Deputy Chief Constable and he has a huge contribution to make at Cleveland Police into the future – I look forward to continuing to work closely with him in his role as Deputy Chief Constable.

“Cleveland has been extremely fortunate to have two such excellent candidates to choose from.

“It is important to realise that what I have announced today is a proposed appointment. Before any appointment can legally be made it requires the confirmation of the Police and Crime Panel. They meet on January 23 and I shall not be making any further comment until after their decision.”


Posted on Friday 12th January 2018
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