New police chief stays on beat

John Parkinson, new deputy chief constable for West Yorkshire Police.
John Parkinson, new deputy chief constable for West Yorkshire Police.
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MORE than 30 years’ local knowledge will be put to good use by the new deputy chief constable of West Yorkshire Police, who began his duties last week.

John Parkinson has served with the force since he joined as a cadet in 1979 and takes over from David Crompton, who has made the short move to South Yorkshire where he has been appointed chief constable.

Mr Parkinson worked alongside the Metropolitan Police investigating the July 7 2005 bombings before being promoted to assistant chief constable in 2009.

He has been recognised nationally as an expert in counter-terrorism and is currently studying for a masters degree in applied criminology and police management.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointed deputy chief constable. I am very proud to take up such a prestigious role after starting here over 30 years ago and working in every part of the force.”

Coun Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police Authority chairman, said: “Despite tough competition from the other candidates we know John is very well placed to help lead the force with the chief constable and command team colleagues through this extremely challenging time.”