New Assistant Chief Constables for West Yorkshire Police (12 Apr 2017)

West Yorkshire Police is welcoming two new Assistant Chief Constables to its Chief Officer Team.

Angela Williams, currently Temporary ACC in West Yorkshire, takes up post with immediate effect and Catherine Hankinson, currently Temporary ACC with Greater Manchester Police, is due to join West Yorkshire Police when a vacancy arises in May.

Acc _angela _williams _120417iiAngela has 24 years' service with West Yorkshire Police. On joining the Police, her early postings were in Leeds and Bradford, before moving to Professional Standards Department at HQ. She has also served as Commander at Bradford, Airedale and Calderdale Districts.

After a short spell as Head of Protective Services Operations, she took up her current post which entails responsibility for 'District Policing' across the whole of West Yorkshire.

Her portfolio also includes 'Criminal Justice' and 'Custody'.

Over the years, Angela has worked hard in District Partnerships to tackle sensitive and difficult issues, such as domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation. She led the police campaign with regards a legislation change which empowers the Police and Partnerships to tackle guest houses and hotels being used to exploit children.

Away from Policing, various sports and her two teenage children, keep her extremely busy.

Angela said: "I am delighted to be permanently appointed as an ACC with West Yorkshire and have loved every minute of the last 2 years, whilst I've been temporarily in post. I am really keen to continue to build upon a number of work streams that I have already started on and to play a leading role in policing the county where I began and have developed my policing career, particularly at a time when policing is going through such a significant period of change."

Acc _catherine _hankinson _120417Catherine is Temporary Assistant Chief Constable with Greater Manchester Police with responsibility for Public Contact, Specialist Operations and Intelligence.

Catherine has served with GMP for 21 years and prior to taking up her current role, has worked in a variety of roles including Divisional Commander at Oldham and South Manchester where her key responsibilities were delivering operational performance, managing risk and developing partnerships with stakeholders. Most recently Catherine was the Strategic Partnership lead with Manchester City Council where she worked with partners to develop Early Help & Intervention and Integrated Neighbourhood Working.

Catherine is a strategic firearms commander and Multi-Agency Gold Incident Commander. She is married to Chris, a serving police officer, and lives in West Yorkshire with her two children and dogs.

Catherine said: "I have really enjoyed my time in GMP and am looking forward to this exciting new challenge. As a large Force, It faces many similar challenges to West Yorkshire and I believe the experience gained there is something I can draw on in policing our communities in West Yorkshire."

West Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Dee Collins said: "I am delighted to have Angela and Catherine on the Chief Officer Team, to support delivery of the Police and Crime Plan, which focuses on keeping our communities safer and feeling safer."

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said:

"I welcome these appointments and look forward to working with Angela and Catherine and the wider Chief Officer Team to deliver on the outcomes and priorities in the Police and Crime Plan."

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