New police chief wins panel’s approval

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WEST Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel has confirmed the appointment of Mark Gilmore as West Yorkshire Police’s new chief constable.

Mr Gilmore, currently the deputy chief constable in Northumbria, is expected to start his new role in early April.

He was newly appointed West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns Williamson’s choice of candidate for the role.

The Police and Crime Panel, made up of elected and independent members from across West Yorkshire, had the power to either ratify or veto his choice of candidate as part of the new arrangements for policing that have been in place since November 2012.

At yesterday’s public confirmation hearing, panel members confirmed Mr Gilmore’s appointment to the role.

Wakefield Council leader Coun Peter Box, who chairs the Police and Crime Panel, said: “He is clearly passionate about public service and importantly he is committed to front line and neighbourhood policing. His previous experience and personal qualities have convinced us that he will make an excellent chief constable.”

Mr Burns-Williamson, said: “There were four very strong candidates for the job but Mark’s experience and performance during the interview process convinced me that he was the right person to lead the force and to deliver against the priorities in my Police and Crime Plan. I am extremely pleased that the panel were satisfied with how I made my selection.”

Chief Constable Gilmore, a former assistant chief constable in West Yorkshire for two years, said: “It is a huge privilege to be chosen to lead a large force with such a strong reputation and I am looking forward to working closely with the commissioner and the panel.”

He replaces Sir Norman Bettison, who resigned following criticism of his role in the Hillsborough disaster.