Police and Crime Panel confirm appointment of West Yorkshire’s next Chief Constable (11 Nov 2016)

Today, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel confirmed the appointment of Dee Collins to the post of Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.

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

At the public 'Confirmation Hearing' Panel Members asked Dee Collins a series of questions to enable them to assess her professional competence and personal independence.

On the basis of Dee's responses at the Hearing and the supporting documents provided by the Commissioner, the Panel felt assured that the candidate was fully able to take on the permanent position of Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.

Chair of the Police and Crime Panel, Cllr Alison Lowe of Leeds City Council, said 'I am delighted to confirm Dee Collins in the substantive role of Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police. We were impressed by Dee as a Panel and particularly reassured that she understands the power of staff morale and motivation to transform policing and, therefore, improve outcomes for our communities. The Panel also wishes to acknowledge the progress already made under Dee's leadership during the last 28 months and look forward to working with her as Chief Constable in the future".

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner said "I am pleased that the Police and Crime Panel have ratified my appointment of Dee Collins as West Yorkshire Police's Chief Constable. Dee is the right person for the job and I am looking forward to continuing to work with her to keep West Yorkshire safe and feeling safe." Chief

Constable Dee Collins said: "I am absolutely thrilled to have had my appointment confirmed today by West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel. Having their support is extremely important to me.

"My priority now is to get on with the job in hand, working with the Police and Crime Commissioner to deliver our joint vision, engaging with partner organisations and delivering an effective, victim-focused service to all our communities.

"I also believe that it is important that those who work for or volunteer with West Yorkshire Police feel able to develop their skills and experience to be the best that they can in order to deliver improved policing services."

A full report outlining the Panel's decision will be published on the Police and Crime Panel's website (www.westyorkshire-pcp.gov.uk)

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