SUE Sim has become the first female Chief Constable to lead Northumbria Police.
She had been Temporary Chief Constable of the force since April 2010 when Mike Craik, the former Chief Constable, retired.
After starting her police career in Merseyside, where she stayed for 19 years, Mrs Sim moved to Northumbria to take up the role of Assistant Chief Constable in 2004 and she was appointed Deputy Chief Constable in July 2008.
Of her appointment, she said: “I am very proud and honoured to have been chosen.
“Northumbria Police is one of the best performing forces in the country and I am determined that we will continue to reduce crime and protect police services that local communities across Northumbria want despite the tough financial cuts.”
Mrs Sim is the Association of Chief Police Officers’ lead for Public Order and Public Safety and she was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2010 New Year Honours List.
Coun Mick Henry, Chairman of the Northumbria Police Authority, said: “Our task in selecting a new Chief Constable was a difficult one.
“But I feel the Police Authority has chosen the ideal person to lead Northumbria Police following a thorough and robust process involving two other excellent candidates who were interviewed on the day.
“We know Sue Sim is a highly capable, widely respected and experienced police officer and her obvious skills and expertise will enable us to face the challenges ahead, whilst still fighting crime and disorder and anti-social behaviour.”