Chief Constable Dave Jones has appointed Paul Kennedy as Assistant Chief Constable.
Mr Kennedy joins North Yorkshire Police from Cumbria Constabulary and succeeds the recently departed Iain Spittal, who is now Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.
In his new role, Mr Kennedy will have responsibility for the operational performance of North Yorkshire Police. This covers community policing, criminal investigation and operations, which includes roads policing and other specialist units such as firearms support.
He will also work alongside policing colleagues in the Yorkshire and the Humber region to maximise collaboration opportunities, as well as local authority and other community partners to help improve the quality of life in our neighbourhoods.
Mr Kennedy originates from West Yorkshire and joined the police in 1988. Prior to that he graduated with a degree in Biomedical Science and worked in the National Health Service.
He served with West Yorkshire Police and South Wales Police in both uniform and detective roles. Between 2005 and 2008 he was based in Bradford and was a senior investigating officer in the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.
As well as leading murder investigations, Mr Kennedy developed policy in response to mass disaster and child abduction.
He was appointed as Area Commander for South Cumbria in April 2008. In 2010 he was temporarily seconded for 6 months to work with her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and led a value for money inspection of criminal justice reforms in London.
Paul is an exceptional officer with an impressive track record of delivering high-quality and responsive policing to communities wherever he has worked.
I am delighted to welcome him to my Chief Officer Team and I know he will provide outstanding leadership in our drive to maintain North Yorkshire and the City of York’s position as the safest place in England.
Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, was on the selection panel for the appointment of the Assistant Chief Constable.
Mr Kennedy said:
I am delighted to be joining such a successful service in North Yorkshire and I look forward to working with the new Chief Constable and the whole team, and the Police and Crime Commissioner and our partners.
A starting date will be confirmed in due course.