Retiring Humberside police chief’s literary ambition

Humberside Police Deputy Chief Constable, David Griffin.
Humberside Police Deputy Chief Constable, David Griffin.
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The deputy chief constable of Humberside Police says he plans to write a book about his days on the beat in Beverley and Hull when he retires today after 30 years as an officer.

Deputy Chief Constable David Griffin started as a police officer in 1985 in Beverley before moving on to work in Hull and later Scunthorpe as he rose through the ranks.

In 2001 he went to Cheshire Police, where he spent four years as Acting Chief Constable, before returning to Humberside Police in 2005 as deputy chief constable.

He said: “I always had the ambition to be the first home grown Chief in Humberside but was pipped at the post by [Justine] Curran in 2013 but I am very proud to have been Deputy in this force for almost 10 years.

“Colleagues told me I must be mad to move back to Humberside in 2005 when the force was in special measures but I knew the men and women I had worked alongside would be able to pull the force in the right direction and they did in great style.

“I want to take this opportunity to say how impressed and inspired I have been by all who work for Humberside Police, especially at these challenging times.

“It’s going to get harder for many and I know many are concerned that the force may struggle to give the public the police service they deserve but I am confident this can be achieved, despite the challenges faced.”

Mr Griffin now plans to write a book about his days on the beat in Beverley and Hull and spend more time on his motorcycle. He plans to continue his role helping senior officers subject to misconduct hearings, adding: “Sadly the need for this kind of support shows no sign of abating.”