Cleveland Police Appoint Two New Assistant Chief Constables

Cleveland Police has appointed two new senior officers to help it achieve its vision of safer and stronger communities.

Following a competitive recruitment process two new Assistant Chief Constables (ACCs) have been appointed; one promoted from within the force and the other joining from South Yorkshire Police. The process involved a stakeholder panel including both internal and external representatives.

Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “We’re delighted to be able to appoint candidates of this calibre. Their experience will help take the organisation forward and continue to build on the good work that’s being done.

“Through the 2020 planning process Cleveland Police is an organisation on the path of change and in order to make the changes we need to best serve our communities it’s vital that we have the right staff in place.”

The new ACC’s are Adrian Roberts, promoted from within Cleveland Police, and Jason Harwin from South Yorkshire Police. Cleveland Police was recently praised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in its annual review of policing in England and Wales and received a ‘good’ rating from the police watchdog.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “With the addition of these two exceptional candidates, Cleveland Police will have the strongest executive team they have ever had and have strength in depth in the organisation.

“I’m looking forward to working with them in taking on the policing challenges the area faces.”

Adrian has 29 years’ experience at Cleveland Police, where he has held every rank up to and including Temporary ACC. During these years he also served on secondment at Durham Constabulary in that rank.  Most recently he spent a year working in Sierra Leone helping to professionalise and develop the police service in that country during the Ebola crisis.

Adrian said: “I have been a proud servant of Cleveland Police and its many communities over most of my adult life, and it is an honour to now be permanently joining the executive leadership of such a dedicated team of officers and staff.

“The challenges of policing are ever increasing, but working together with our partners and the public we serve, I have every confidence we can make a lasting positive impact on community safety, and I relish the chance to be part of that journey.”

Jason brings a wealth of experience having previously been a Temporary ACC for local policing and District Commander for Rotherham.

“I’m both delighted and privileged to be joining a team that has a true passion to ensure everyone matters and make the communities of Cleveland safer and Stronger,” said Jason.

“Policing is demanding and becoming more complex and I look forward to working with staff, our partners and just importantly our communities to make a real difference and deliver a service that I would expect as a new resident.”

ACC Adrian Roberts

ACC Jason Harwin