A NEW assistant chief constable starts his role at a Yorkshire police force today in the wake of a major overhaul of its most senior level of management following a nepotism scandal.
Paul Kennedy has been recruited to North Yorkshire Police in the latest appointment to the management team after the former chief constable, Grahame Maxwell, and the previous deputy chief constable, Adam Briggs, retired when they became embroiled in the nepotism controversy.
Mr Kennedy, who previously worked with the Cumbria force, is responsible for North Yorkshire Police’s operational performance.
He will oversee community policing, criminal investigations and operations, which include roads policing and specialist units such as firearms support.
He said: “From day one, I promise to do my absolute best to deliver a high-quality policing service to our communities, a service that is on hand around the clock to protect people from harm and bring criminals to justice, as well as a caring and supportive service that puts victims first when they need it most.”
Mr Kennedy, 48, is originally from Keighley and joined the police service in 1988.
He served in South Wales and West Yorkshire, including a stint in Bradford with the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team between 2005 and 2008.
He was a chief superintendent in Cumbria before joining North Yorkshire Police.
The nepotism scandal saw an independent disciplinary panel hand Mr Maxwell a final written warning after he admitted unfairly helping both a relative of former deputy chief constable Adam Briggs and a family member of his own to circumvent a recruitment process for new police officers.
Mr Maxwell’s successor, Dave Jones, joined the force in June.