12/10/2016

New Deputy Chief Constable Appointed

Cleveland Police is pleased to announce that Simon Nickless has been appointed as the new Deputy Chief Constable.

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Simon has a wealth of experience and has carried out the role on a temporary basis since December 2015.

Chief Constable Iain Spittal made the appointment after a thorough selection process which included being put to the test by a panel of experts.

Mr. Spittal said: “I am delighted to welcome Simon into the role permanently as he has always been an asset to Cleveland Police and our communities.

“He is passionate about providing an excellent service for victims of crime and excels in working with partners to find new and innovative solutions to community issues and concerns. His decisive leadership ensures that people who are at risk are protected in the most harrowing circumstances and his policing experience ensures that we continue to make a difference to the lives of people we serve.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger added: “I am pleased that Simon Nickless has been appointed on a permanent basis. His knowledge of the Force is invaluable and as national policing lead for troubled families he also brings additional skills and expertise to the area. He is also integral to driving forward success for our Everyone Matters project. I am sure that he will continue to play a big role in supporting the Chief Constable to deliver excellent policing across Cleveland.”

Mr. Nickless added: “I am honoured to be appointed as Deputy Chief Constable. I have seen many examples of excellent policing on Teesside and continue to be impressed by the dedication of our workforce to protect vulnerable people and bring about justice. I look forward to being involved with the exciting work that is taking place within Cleveland Police.” 

Mr. Nickless joined the police service in 1992 in Nottinghamshire and performed a number of senior operational positions before joining Cleveland Police as Assistant Chief Constable in 2014.

He holds a Masters Degree in Police Leadership and Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.