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Chief Constable Appointment

  • Last Updated: 11-12-2020 at 16:12

A SENIOR officer who has led on some of the biggest investigations in Lincolnshire has been confirmed as the county’s new Chief Constable.

Chris Haward will move from his current role as head of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) where he has led on Major Crime Investigations, tackling Serious and Organised Crime, covert policing and Counter Terrorism.

In his time at EMSOU – the largest police collaboration in the UK – the unit has seen an increase in operations completed, arrests made and convictions secured.

Mr Haward, who has a degree and a Masters from Leicester University, takes over the role on December 19th after an exhaustive recruitment process by the Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones.

The new chief was raised in Zambia and Botswana before returning to Yorkshire for secondary school. He joined Leicestershire Police in 1991 where he worked his way up from beat bobby to Detective Inspector through to Chief Superintendent.

He was the Gold Commander for Leicester City Football Club for several years, including the Premiership winning season, and spent three years with Interpol tackling drug trafficking across the globe.

In 2016 Mr Haward moved to Derbyshire Constabulary as Assistant Chief Constable and took over EMSOU in early 2018 in the rank of Deputy Chief Constable. He is married with two children.

“I am absolutely delighted to be taking on the role of the new Chief Constable in Lincolnshire,” said Chris.

“The role presents some exciting challenges and the Force has grown a strong national reputation as an innovator which I look forward to building upon. I am already very familiar with the Force from my work leading on specialist operations across the region but I am excited to become part of the Lincolnshire community and to deliver the policing service that local residents expect and deserve.

“I joined the police nearly three decades ago because I have a strong desire to fight crime and keep communities safe. I will bring that determination and dedication to the county and look forward to meeting the challenges of the future.”

PCC Marc Jones said: “I am delighted to be able to bring a senior officer of Chris’ experience and commitment to Lincolnshire.

“He has a fantastic track record of fighting crime and managing community policing and his appointment is another positive step forward in the drive to create an effective force Lincolnshire can be proud of.

“I very much look forward to working with Chris to keep our communities safe.”