A NORTH East police chief has been promoted to a more senior crime-fighting role.
Steve Ashman, who was Assistant Chief Constable at Northumbria Police, has now been appointed Deputy Chief Constable (DCC) for the force.
He replaces former DCC Mark Gilmore, who has moved to West Yorkshire Police as Chief Constable.
Mr Ashman, who was born in Jarrow, started his career with the Metropolitan Police in 1987, serving in a variety of roles.
He successfully applied for the Accelerated Promotion Scheme and rose through the ranks from Sergeant to Inspector and Chief Inspector.
In 2002 he transferred to Cleveland Police as a Superintendent and in 2005 became District Commander for Hartlepool, before becoming Chief Superintendent in 2007.
He joined the Northumbria force in 2009 as Assistant Chief Constable.
Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “I am delighted to announce Steve Ashman as our new Deputy Chief Constable.
“He already has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the force. This will benefit our communities and help us to continue our successful record in driving down crime and delivering the policing services people tell us they need and want.”