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PCC Barry Coppinger announces Interim Chief Constable

Cleveland's interim Chief Constable  Lee Freeman with Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger

PCC Barry Coppinger has today (Monday 21st January) secured Humberside Chief Constable Lee Freeman to lead Cleveland Police on a temporary secondment.

The three month arrangement was agreed this morning by Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Keith Hunter, following the resignation of Chief Constable Mike Veale last week.

Mr Freeman will make his first visit to the Force on Wednesday 23rd January and will take up his post on Monday 28th January.

Until his arrival, the Chief Officer team will continue to lead the Force.

PCC Barry Coppinger said: “I would like to express my thanks to Keith and his team at Humberside for their continued support in facilitating these arrangements.

“Lee has an excellent track record and comes highly recommended by the College of Policing.

“I’m sure he will quickly establish himself and will bring a period of stability while we look to begin the recruitment process for a new Chief Constable.”


About Chief Constable Lee Freeman

Lee Freeman joined the City of London Police in 1993 having attended Kingston University, completing a BSc (Hons) Sociology. Following a transfer to Lincolnshire Police in 1996, he successfully applied for the Accelerated Promotion Course and was promoted to Sergeant in September 2000.
Over the next five years, following several operational posts within Local Policing, CID and HMIC Liaison / Staff Officer roles, Lee was promoted to Superintendent in 2005 and posted to Lincoln as the Superintendent (Operations).

In 2008, Lee was seconded to Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) as an Assistant Director. This role had overall responsibility for Lincolnshire Trading Standards, Lincolnshire Drug Alcohol Action Teams, Lincolnshire Youth Offending Service and the Safer Communities teams for the county.

In December 2010, whilst still seconded to LCC, he was successful in promotion to Chief Superintendent and subsequently promoted to Divisional Commander for South Lincolnshire. As a Chief Superintendent, Lee also became the Commander for West Division and then the Head of Local Policing for the force following a major restructuring programme.

In August 2013, he became the T/Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing for Lincolnshire Police. In March 2015 Lee successfully graduated from the Strategic Command Course.

He was appointed as Humberside Police’s Assistant Chief Constable (Communities & Partnerships) in May 2015.

Posted on Monday 21st January 2019
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