Chief Constable Richard Lewis has announced a new addition to the top team at Cleveland Police with the appointment of Ian Arundale QPM as Deputy Chief Constable.

Ian has extensive policing experience across all ranks, having been Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police between 2008 and 2012.

More recently he has been involved in working with international law enforcement and advising on policing matters as an expert witness. He will now re-join the police service as a senior officer for Cleveland Police.

Chief Constable Lewis said: “Ian is highly-respected across policing and I’m pleased he is joining our leadership team. He shares my drive and determination to steer Cleveland Police in the right direction for the people of Teesside and he is absolutely the right appointment for the Force during this time of change.

“By having someone of Ian’s calibre as my deputy it will allow me to focus my efforts entirely on the challenges that we face over the coming year and lead the Force to where it should be.”

Ian’s appointment comes as Chief Constable Lewis embarks on a path to redirect Cleveland Police with a focus on service improvement, protecting the vulnerable and community engagement.

Deputy Chief Constable Ian Arundale QPM said: “I want to make a positive contribution to Cleveland Police and local communities and believe my experience and skills in police standards and performance fit with the Chief Constable’s overall plan for the Force. I’m excited by this role as it allows me to use my expertise in policing alongside the additional knowledge I have gained over the last few years.”