Chief constable approved by scrutiny panel

This story was published 15 August 2018

Lisa Winward has been approved by the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel as North Yorkshire’s new Chief Constable.

 Lisa has been acting as temporary chief constable

The panel held a hearing in public this morning to assess Lisa’s skills, qualities and experience in line with the expectations of the role after she was formally put forward to them by the Police and crime commissioner as the preferred candidate for this senior position.

Following the retirement of Chief Constable Dave Jones earlier this year, Lisa has been acting as temporary chief constable and was keen to draw on her experience in addressing the panel today.

This included her experience in recent roles working collaboratively with other forces to improve services to the public and increase efficiencies.  The panel also heard of her commitment to tackling the poor performance issues around the 101 service by working more closely with other partners and ensuring a focus on crime prevention.

North Yorkshire County Council Leader, Carl Les, who is chair of the panel said: “The role of chief constable is a critical one, particularly as North Yorkshire Police embarks on a period of significant transformational change. We believe Lisa has met the standard required for the role and the panel looks forward to working with her as she takes the force through the challenges ahead.”