The appointment of a new Chief Constable should signal a “new era” for North Yorkshire Police focussed on improving standards and getting the basics right, Conservative mayoral candidate Keane Duncan has said.
He said the force’s most senior officer must be a “leader of the highest calibre” in order to strengthen public trust following key failings identified by the police inspectorate.
The current Chief Constable, Lisa Winward, announced last week she will retire at the end of March 2024 - five weeks before York & North Yorkshire elects its first-ever Mayor.
This paves the way for the Mayor, who will be the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, to use their elected mandate to appoint a new Chief Constable tasked with delivering the public’s priorities.
Keane Duncan said: “At stake in this most critical mayoral election is the future direction of North Yorkshire Police.
“I am standing to take the force back to basics, back to its fundamental mission of keeping people safe and cutting crime.
“That’s the only way to ensure public confidence and that’s what I will be expecting the newly-appointed Chief Constable to deliver.
"North Yorkshire Police requires a leader of the highest calibre to drive improvement, build trust and strengthen officer morale.
“There will rightly be significant and intense scrutiny of the recruitment process. It must be rigorous, transparent and seek the widest possible pool of applicants.
“It is essential we have a Chief Constable who can command the full confidence of the Mayor, whoever that may be, as they work together to turnaround performance and usher in a new era for the force.”