Northumbria Police has welcomed assistant chief constable (ACC) Darren Best as its latest senior recruit.
He joins the force from Cleveland Police and will take on the Protective Services portfolio, which covers areas such as vulnerable people, child abuse, homicide, intelligence and serious and organised crime.
It also incorporates the force’s operations department that includes firearms support and roads policing as well as marine, horses, dogs, airport and Metro policing teams.
ACC Best began his police career in 1989 at South Bank, Teesside, as a probationer. Since then, he has worked his way through the ranks – gaining experience in public protection, child protection and professional standards.
He said: “I have admired Northumbria Police as a force throughout my career. It has been rightfully recognised for its excellence across the country and I am proud to now be part of the team.
“Northumbria has an excellent reputation and prior to applying for the post, I spoke with a number of officers and staff who clearly had a real passion for policing and for serving the public.
“I absolutely share the same values and am now delighted to be working alongside all of the people who help keep the people of this region safe.
“I would like to thank Cleveland Police for the years of support and experience it has offered me. I now hope to offer this experience to Northumbria as together with our partners we face the new challenges ahead.”
ACC Best has area command experience after being the district commander for Stockton from 2010 to 2012, before being promoted to the role of head of crime and criminal justice in Cleveland.
Northumbria Police chief constable Steve Ashman said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Darren to our team. He has tremendous experience of policing and a real understanding of the North East.
“I look forward to working with him as we continue to deliver the high quality service our communities deserve.”