Andy Holt will now deputise for South Yorkshire’s chief constable David Crompton, having previously been in charge of the force’s “territorial operations”.
He has overseen local policing and South Yorkshire’s community safety department, including the force’s Lifewise Centre, since joining from Greater Manchester Police in 2006
Yesterday Mr Crompton said: “I am delighted that Andy Holt has been appointed as the new deputy chief constable of South Yorkshire Police.
“He is a vastly experienced officer with wide knowledge of the force and his skills and abilities are ideally suited to the challenges which lie ahead.”
Prior to joining the police, Mr Holt served as an officer in the Royal Marines and saw active service in both Northern Ireland and the Falklands.
Yesterday, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright said he was pleased with the decision.
He said: “I welcome the appointment of South Yorkshire Police’s new deputy chief constable Andy Holt.
“Looking at Andy’s track record within the force, I have no doubt that Andy will add great value in his new role within South Yorkshire Police’s Senior Command Team.
“I look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.”