Updated: Cheshire's new police chief is announced

Simon Byrne and John Dwyer

Simon Byrne and John Dwyer

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SIMON Byrne, a senior officer in the Metropolitan Police is set to become Cheshire’s Chief Constable.

Following a rigorous selection process, which included a grilling by senior officers across the criminal justice agencies and a panel which included an independent advisor, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer has selected Simon Byrne as the preferred candidate.

John Dwyer said, "All of the candidates demonstrated exceptional qualities and they should all be proud of themselves but Simon was an outstanding candidate who was unanimously supported by the appointment panel.

“Simon’s appointment is subject to a confirmatory hearing by the Police & Crime Panel on February 24. Subject to their approval, Simon will take his oath of office and become Cheshire’s Chief Constable on June 25, 2014 and I am sure you will join me in congratulating him on his appointment."

Simon said, "I am really excited and privileged to be given the opportunity to lead the Constabulary at a critical time in its 157 year history. My pledge is to relentlessly fight crime and antisocial behaviour."

Simon Byrne will replace Chief Constable, Dave Whatton who has chosen to retire from policing.

Simon has lived in Cheshire since the early 1970s. After leaving a local comprehensive school in 1981, he joined the Metropolitan Police in 1982 where he pounded the beat at Paddington Green Police Station.

A transfer to Merseyside Police in 1985, saw him undertake a variety of uniform, CID and Headquarters roles. He was the Commander for Knowsley between 2002 and 2004, pioneering a new Neighbourhood Policing approach.

In 2006, Simon was promoted to Assistant Chief Constable in Merseyside Police. After a brief stint in the Personnel portfolio, his tenure in charge of Operations saw him lead a sustained and successful crackdown on crime and anti-social behaviour.

Promotion to Deputy Chief Constable in Greater Manchester Police in 2009 led to Simon dealing with a period of intense scrutiny of the Force from the Police Regulator (HMIC).

Simon led a relentless focus on crime reduction which turned round Force performance and removed the Force from the threat of intervention from the Home Office. He also co-ordinated a widespread programme of cost cutting and organisational change delivering a leaner yet more effective force.

A further promotion to Assistant Commissioner in the Met in 2011 saw him in charge of the biggest operational command in the Country running day to day policing across London’s 32 boroughs. In his time in London, Simon has successfully driven down crime and anti-social behaviour levels across the Capital as well as leading the biggest change to local policing in a generation with a significant boost to London’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

He has also chaired the Pan-London Criminal Justice Board leading sector wide improvements for victims and witnesses.

Simon is a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and has led national work on the development and use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition systems, the re-classification of cannabis and the policing of sex workers and prostitution.

He is a Trustee of the Citysafe Foundation and the Police Rehabilitation Trust.

Married with children, Simon enjoys spending family time and playing a variety of sports.

Simon holds a Masters of Arts degree in police management with distinction.

 

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